What is flu?
Influenza, or flu, is a respiratory illness caused by a virus. Flu is highly contagious and quickly spreads through via the coughs and sneezes of an infected person. Flu appears most frequently in winter and early spring. The flu virus attacks the body propagating through the upper and/or lower respiratory tract.
What's the difference between a cold and flu?
How can travelers avoid the flu?
1. Flu vaccination service
- Annual flu vaccination is highly recommended in protecting one against flu viruses.
- A flu vaccine protects against the three most common disease causing viruses.
- Kids above the age of 6 months should get a flu vaccine as soon as the current season’s vaccines are available.
- A flu vaccination is available as either a shot or a nasal spray.
- Vaccination of high risk people decreases their risk of severe flu illness.
People at high risk for developing flu-related complications include:
- children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 years old
- Adults 65 years of age and older
- Pregnant women
- People with a weaker immunity
- People who have medical conditions such as asthma, lung disease or heart disease