What is Seasonal Flu

Seasonal Flu:

  • Is a contagious, respiratory illness caused by a virus.
  • Is preventable with a vaccine.
  • Can cause severe respiratory problems or pneumonia
  • Can cause mild to severe illness, even death.
  • The symptoms for the common cold and seasonal flu are similar.
  • 5 to 20 percent of the population get the flu in any given year.
  • Causes about 36,000 deaths and about 200,000 hospitalizations per year in the US
  • Flu outbreaks in the US last from the fall through early spring.

Seasonal Flu Symptoms:

  • Chills
  • Fever, usually over 100F
  • Extreme tiredness or weakness
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle & body aches
  • Headache
  • Dry cough
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea

Those at high risk for Flu-related complications or live/work with those at high risk include:

  • Pregnant women
  • Children < 5 years old, especially < 2 years old
  • Adults over 50 years old
  • People with chronic medical conditions
  • People living in nursing or long-term homes
  • Those who care for people at high-risk
  • Health care workers
  • Caregivers of children less than 6 months old

Guidelines:
People with
health
conditions

Where is
Seasonal Flu
active in the
U.S.?

Find a Flu Shot:
Anywhere in the
United States

The Bernards Township Health Department is a Contractual Health Agency serving: Bernards Township, Bernardsville Borough, Chester Borough,
Long Hill Township, Mendham Borough, Peapack and Gladstone Borough.