WHAT IS INFLUENZA (FLU)?
Flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year.
Influenza (flu) can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Flu symptoms usually come on suddenly. People who have flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:
*It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.
HOW FLU SPREADS
Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by tiny droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. Less often, a person might get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or possibly their eyes.
PERIOD OF CONTAGIOUSNESS
You may be able to spread flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick.
FLU VACCINATION CLINICS
Each year, the Brookline Department of Public Health hosts seasonal flu clinics to provide immunizations to residents. Learn more about our immunization clinics.
Please read the vaccine information statement before receiving your flu shot.