Flu Facts & Resources
Seasonal flu is a serious illness, putting 200,000 people in the hospital and killing another 36,000 each year.
The Centers for Disease Control recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older be vaccinated for flu. The only exceptions are people with a severe allergy to eggs or to a vaccine component. Washing your hands often, and coughing and sneezing into a tissue or into the inside your elbow, will also help keep you and others healthy.
Be a Flu Fighter
Remember that the flu can spread easily, especially to those whose immune system may already be weakened by another medical condition.
- If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms and plan to visit a loved one in the hospital, please consider delaying your visit until you are feeling better.
- If you are scheduled for an elective procedure, talk to your care provider about whether it would be safe for you to reschedule your appointment.
- If you must come to the hospital with flu-like symptoms, please be sure to obtain and wear a respiratory mask, available at the hospital entrance.
Five Ways to Fight the Flu
- Know the symptoms
- Get vaccinated
- Wash your hands
- Cover your cough and sneeze
- Stay home if you have symptoms of the flu