Flu Vaccine is Available while Supplies Lasts
Where: The Health Center
When: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Cost: $20 - cash or check
Questions: call the Health Center at 301-696-3439 or email Cevallos@hood.edu
Influenza Fact Sheet
Influenza is a viral infection of the lungs and airways that is also known as "the flu"
Anyone can get influenza. Influenza is spread from person to person through the air by coughing and sneezing. It is also spread by direct contact with infected people or contaminated objects like door handles or computer keyboards. Influenza can be a serious disease that causes severe complications such as pneumonia. It can also make heart disease or chronic lung disease worse. In the United States, it estimated that about 36,000 deaths are caused by influenza each year.
Symptoms of influenza might be confused with the common cold
Influenza and the common cold both have symptoms that affect the throat and nose, but influenza symptoms are usually more severe than cold symptoms. These symptoms include a high fever (over 100°F) stuffy or runny nose, sore throat, and cough. Other symptoms of influenza include headache, tiredness, body aches, , and chills. Symptoms of influenza usually start 1 to 3 days after being exposed to the influenza virus. Most persons feel better after several days but cough and tiredness may last two weeks or more. Stomach cramps and diarrhea are not typical symptoms of influenza.
There are ways to treat influenza
For the quickest recovery from influenza, get plenty of rest; drink fluids like juice, water, or hot tea; and take an aspirin substitute for muscle aches and fever (but never give aspirin to children or teenagers who have flu-like symptoms – and particularly fever – without first speaking to your doctor.). Do not give any medication including over-the-counter remedies to a child without first consulting with your pediatrician. If a fever lasts more than 3 or 4 days, see your healthcare provider. A physician may also prescribe certain antiviral medications. These medications may make symptoms milder if taken within 1 to 2 days of when symptoms begin. However, antiviral medication should be limited to those at higher risk for complications.
Look Out for Emergency Warning Signs that require urgent medical attention:
In adults, some emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:
- High or prolonged fever
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Pain or pressure in the chest
- Near-fainting or fainting
- Severe or persistent vomiting
If you see these warning signs, seek medical care immediately, either by calling your healthcare provider or going to an emergency room,. When you arrive, tell the receptionist or nurse about your symptoms. You may be asked to wear a mask and/or sit in a separate area to protect others from getting sick.
Yearly vaccination is the most important way to prevent influenza