Seasonal Influenza: The Disease

Influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year.

In 2009-2010, a new and very different flu virus (called 2009 H1N1) spread worldwide causing the first flu pandemic in more than 40 years. CDC expects the 2009 H1N1 virus to cause illness again this upcoming season along with other seasonal flu viruses. The current vaccine will protect against 2009 H1N1 and two - three other influenza viruses depending on the flu vaccination you receive.

To learn more…

How do I take precautions to prevent getting the flu?

How is the flu spread?

Help! I am feeling sick and don’t know if I need to see a physician.

Help!  I am feeling sick and need information on self-care measures.

I have heard about another type of vaccine available called FluMist™; I want to know if I should get the vaccine?

There are medications available to help reduce the symptoms of the flu and to precautions to help prevent the spread of the flu.

FAQ on Flu Vaccines

Information Source:

How to Get the Vaccine

To receive flu vaccine, students should come to the Health Service Immunization Clinic Monday - Friday between 8:00 -11:30 AM (Wednesdays: 9:00-11:30 AM) and 12:30-3:30 PM. There is a 20-minute wait following administration of the vaccine.

NC Department of Health and Human Services citizen hotline for questions about flu vaccine: 1-800-662-7030.


Flu Prevention Guidelines
CDC urges you to take the following actions
to protect yourself and others
from influenza (the flu)

How Flu Spreads
How the virus spreads and
how long people may be contagious

Hand Washing Technique
Washing your hands often
will help protect you from germs.

Self-care Guidelines
While there is no true treatment for the flu,
there are several self-care measures
that you can take to
help yourself feel better

Flu Symptoms
Flu symptoms and
how some people are at greater risk from severe complications


When do I go to the doctor?
Follow these guidlines (for adults only)
to determine what action to take

Antiviral Medication
The earlier you take it the better!

Seasonal Flu and Staph Infections
Information about the flu and a staph infection

About the Vaccine / FluMist
How and when for faculty, staff and students

Boosting the Immune System
To avoid catching the flu, boosting
your immune system is the first step

Should I exercise when I am sick?
This is a common question with an easy to understand answer.

Some Flu Facts You May Not Know!
All good reasons to get your flu vaccination
before the flu season starts.


Page content reviewed: 6/1/15 kal

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