January 24, 2018

Seasonal flu (influenza)

Influenza, commonly known as flu, is an infection of the nose, throat and lungs. Caused by many different and changing strains of the influenza virus, flu can be very dangerous for infants and children, pregnant women, the elderly and those with chronic health issues.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), each year in the United States, on average, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications and 36,000 people die from flu. Persons who are infected can spread the flu before they show any symptoms. The best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine.

READ MORE: Fight the flu - resources from the Schenectady County Department of Health

READ MORE: Centers for Disease Control: A Guide for Parents (pdf)

READ MORE: Flu Facts from Parent Today (pdf)