Seasonal flu or influenza is a contagious viral infection that affects approximately 5-20% of the U.S. population each year.
Symptoms are typically more severe than a cold and can even cause death.
The best protection against the flu is the flu vaccine.
Some groups of people are more at risk to experience complications from the flu, including seniors age 65 and older, children (especially younger than 2), and people with chronic health conditions.
Unlike a cold, flu symptoms usually come on suddenly. Another sign is a fever, which may not happen with a cold. You might also have:
- Severe aches in your joints and muscles
- Pain and tiredness around your eyes
- Weakness or fatigue
- Warm, flushed skin and red, watery eyes
- Dry cough
Sore throat and runny nose
Get immediate medical help if you have any of the following:
- Trouble breathing or shortness of breath
- Pain or pressure in your chest or belly
- Sudden dizziness
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