Know the Difference: Types of Flu Outbreaks
Seasonal Flu — A contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza (flu) viruses occurring every year. It affects an average of 5 percent to 20 percent of the U.S. population by causing mild to severe illness, and in some instances can lead to death.
Epidemic — The rapid spread of a disease that affects some or many people in a community or region at the same time.
Pandemic — An outbreak of a disease that affects large numbers of people throughout the world and spreads rapidly.
H1N1 Influenza (swine flu) — H1N1 influenza is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza viruses that cause regular outbreaks in pigs. People do not normally get H1N1 influenza, but human infections can and do happen. H1N1 influenza viruses have been reported to spread from person-to-person.
Avian Influenza — Commonly known as bird flu, this strain of influenza virus is naturally occurring in birds. Wild birds can carry the virus and may not get sick from it; however, domestic birds may become infected by the virus and often die from it.
Are you considered high risk for flu-related complications?
You are at an increased risk if you are:
If you are at high risk, have your vaccinations updated every year, as directed by your physician.
Flu Prevention is the Best Preparation
Always Practice Good Health Habits to Maintain Your Body’s Resistance to Infection
Take These Common Sense Steps to Stop the Spread of Germs
Hand Washing: A Simple Solution That Really Works
Proper and consistent hand washing is one of the easiest ways to prevent the spread of flu. Teach kids by example by showing them proper hand washing technique:
For younger children who tend to rush their hand washing, have them sing a short song such as "Row Row Row Your Boat," or the "Happy Birthday" song – this will ensure they wash for at least 20 seconds. Placing hand-washing reminders at children's eye level will also help them become consistent hand washers.
The Scrub Club
Parents and teachers can reinforce kids' hand-washing habits by using tools such as The Scrub Club® , which offers free materials to raise awareness about the benefits of hand washing to fight germs and prevent illness. The fun, web-based experience is complete with educational materials, music, games and cartoons.
Diagnosing and Treating the Flu
Common Flu Symptoms
NOTE: Having all of these symptoms doesn’t always mean that you have the flu. Many different illnesses have similar symptoms.
Potential Risks and Serious Complications of the Flu
Caregiving – How to Treat the Flu
Download the Flu Safety Checklist
This all-inclusive app lets you monitor more than 35 different severe weather and emergency alerts, to help keep you and your loved ones safe.