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Influenza, commonly known as “the flu”, is a contagious respiratory illness caused by a virus which spreads from close contact with infected persons or contaminated objects. Influenza illness is characterized by the abrupt start of fever (100 - 104 degrees), sore throat, headache, myalgia (body aches), nonproductive cough, and extreme fatigue, with symptoms lasting an average of 2-3 days. **It's important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.**
Flu activity most commonly peaks in the United States in January or February.
You cannot catch the flu from the flu vaccine.
The Center for Disease Control recommends that all persons 6 months old and older should receive the flu vaccine. Being vaccinated protects you and prevents spreading the flu to those around you.
Should you have any questions about this vaccine, please contact the Nursing Division at (419) 734-6800.