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Effects of the influenza virus on various systems of the body.
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Influenza (commonly known as the flu) is a serious, contagious viral infection that causes symptoms such as chills, fever, runny nose, sore throat, muscle pains, severe headache, coughing, weakness/fatigue and general discomfort. The most common ways of transmission of the virus are through aerosols (coughing, sneezing), or through contaminated surfaces. Since the virus can be inactivated by soap, frequent hand washing is the best way to prevent the flu. If you have unfortunately contracted the virus, stay home so as not to spread the virus to others.

It is important to remember that the flu is not just a bad cold – it can be a threatening condition with grave consequences. Vaccination for the flu is recommended for anyone over the age of 6 months. High-risk populations (children, the elderly, people with chronic illnesses and health care workers) should get vaccinated every year.

To find out where to get your flu shot this season, visit:  http://flushot.healthmap.org/#

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