What is influenza (also called flu)?
Influenza is a highly contagious virus that can infect the nose, throat,
and sometimes the lungs. The viral infection can cause mild to severe illness.
Below are some of the signs and symptoms people who have the flu may experience.
- Sore Throat
- Muscle or Body Aches
- Runny or Stuffy Nose
- Vomiting or Diarrhea*
*More common in young children than adults.
How Flu Spreads
Influenza virus is spread person to person, mainly through air droplets
made when a person with the flu coughs, sneezes or talks. A person standing
nearby (even up to 6 feet away) may inhale the droplets or have the droplets
land on their mouth or nose and become infected. It is less common to
contract influenza by touching a surface that has the flu virus on it
but still possible.
Since the virus is highly contagious, a person may be able to pass the
flu on before even knowing they are sick.
High Risk Individuals
- Children under 5 years of age
- Adults over 65 years of age
- Pregnant Women
- Individuals with chronic medical conditions such as Asthma, Blood Disorders,
and Heart Disease
It is recommended that all individuals over 6 months of age receive an
annual, age-appropriate flu vaccine. Individuals can also do the following
- Wash Hands Frequently
- Cover Coughing or Sneezing
- Seek Medical Care as Soon as Symptoms Begin
During flu season, Roosevelt General Hospital is committed to keeping our
patients and our community healthy by taking the following precautions.
For more information on the flu and on how to keep and your family healthy,
please visit the CDC website at