Flu Season 2012 2013

Influenza activity is high across most of the United States according to CDC’s latest FluView report. CDC continues to recommend influenza vaccination for people who have not yet been vaccinated this season and antiviral treatment as early as possible for people who get sick and are at high risk of flu complications.
Washing hands frequently, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home when you are sick with fever helps slow the spread of the illness in the community.

National Influenza Vaccination Week

“Now that flu season has arrived, the best way to protect yourself, your family and your co-workers is to get a flu shot,” said Commissioner O’Dowd. “New Jersey’s flu season peaks in January or February so there is still plenty of time to get vaccinated. I want to thank all of our partners—health care providers, pharmacies, supermarkets, community churches and local and county health departments—for making flu shots available.’’

To find a nearby flu clinic, please visit the “Find a Flu Shot” locator on the Department’s website.

Key Facts About Influenza (Flu)

What is influenza (also called flu)?

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year.

Signs and symptoms of flu

People who have the flu often feel some or all of these signs and symptoms:
Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
Sore throat
Runny or stuffy nose
Muscle or body aches
Fatigue (very tired)
Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
*It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

How flu spreads

Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, eyes or possibly their nose.