Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness that spreads from person to person through coughing, sneezing or close contact. Symptoms include: fever, sore throat, chills, fatigue, cough, headache, runny or stuffy nose and muscle aches.
The influenza virus can cause mild to severe illness. Every year in the U.S., millions of people are affected by the flu. Don’t be a statistic. Protect yourself and those around you by getting a flu shot.
At Rite Aid, we care about you and your health. That’s why, now that flu shots are available, we recommend you come in and get your flu vaccine as early as possible. It’s also a good idea to remind family and friends that getting a flu shot not only protects them, but also those that they are in contact with. As always, no appointment is necessary and it’s free with most insurance.Find a Store
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All persons aged 6 months and older should get an annual flu vaccine, with rare exceptions. Certain people are at higher risk of complications from the flu, including:
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People who have the flu can spread it to others up to about six feet away. Most experts think that flu viruses are spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth or nose.
To avoid this, people should stay away from sick people and stay home if sick. It also is important to wash hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. Linens, eating utensils, and dishes belonging to those who are sick should not be shared without washing thoroughly first. Eating utensils can be washed either in a dishwasher or by hand with water and soap and do not need to be cleaned separately. Further, frequently touched surfaces should be cleaned and disinfected at home, work and school, especially if someone is ill.
Most healthy adults may be able to infect other people beginning one day before symptoms develop and up to five to seven days after becoming sick. Children may pass the virus for longer than seven days. Symptoms start one to four days after the virus enters the body. That means that you may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are unwell, as well as while you are ill. Some people can be infected with the flu virus but have no symptoms. During this time, those persons may still spread the virus to others.Source: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/spread.htm
*It's important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.Source: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/consumer/symptoms.htm
How flu affects one's wellness varies. Flu is unpredictable and how severe it is can fluctuate widely from one season to the next depending on many things, including:
Between 2010 and 2014, estimates of annual flu-associated deaths in the United States ranged from a low of 12,000 to a high of approximately 56,000 people.Sources:https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/burden.htm, https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/us_flu-related_deaths.htm
It is difficult to distinguish the flu from other infections on the basis of symptoms alone. A doctor's exam may be needed to tell whether you have developed the flu or a complication of the flu. There are tests that can determine if you have the flu as long as you are tested within the first 3 or 4 days of illness.
If you develop flu-like symptoms and are concerned about your wellness, especially if you are at high risk for complications of the flu, you should consult your doctor or healthcare provider. Flu symptoms can include: fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Those at high risk for complications include people over 65, those with chronic medical conditions, pregnant women, young children and residents of nursing homes and long term care facilities.Sources: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/professionals/diagnosis/clinician_guidance_ridt.htm, https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/high_risk.htm
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