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Influenza Fact Sheets and Resources

Influenza, also called "the flu", is caused by a virus that affects the nose, throat, airways, and lungs.  Influenza A and/or B typically circulates in the United States during late fall and winter.  One of the best ways to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year.  The 2013-2014 influenza vaccines will be available in two formulations: trivalent or quadrivalent.  Trivalent vaccines protect against the influenza A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)-like virus, the influenza A/Victoria/361/2011 (H3N2)-like virus, and the influenza B/Massachusetts/2/2012-like virus.  In addition to the three components in the trivalent vaccine, the quadrivalent vaccine also contains influenza B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus.  There are five different type of vaccines available this year.  For more information on flu vaccinations click here.  For more information on where you can get your influenza vaccine, please visit the Vaccine Finder or you may contact your local county health department.

  • How do I prevent the spread of influenza?
    Above all, the most important message is to prevent the spread of all types of flu and respiratory illnesses.  This includes:
      • Staying home from work, school, and  other public places if you are ill;
      • Making “respiratory hygiene” a  habit, including use of tissues to cover
        coughs and sneezes, then disposing of them and performing hand
        hygiene at once.When tissues are not readily available, use your sleeve, never your hands;
      • Frequent hand hygiene using soap and water, or alcohol-based products
         such as hand gels when hands are not visibly soiled; and
      • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone six months of age and older receive an influenza vaccine each year to protect against influenza.  For more information about influenza vaccine click here.

Fact Sheets and Guidelines:

The Flu Fact Sheet

 Influenza Hoja Informativa

Cold vs. Flu:  Know the Difference

Personal Steps to Preventing the Flu 

What You Need When You are Home Sick - Cold and Flu Supplies

 Suministros Para el Resfrío y la Gripe - Lo Que Necesita Cuando Está Enfermo En Casa

Hand Hygiene 

  Lave Sus Manos Para Evitar Propagación De Gérmenes

Antiviral Medicine Fact Sheet

The Flu:  A Guide for Parents

8 Infection Control Guidelines to Prevent Influenza

Posters:

Cover Your Cough the Right Way (OSDH)

  Cubra Su Tos de la Manera Correcta Hoja Informativa (OSDH)

Cover Your Cough (CDC)

  Cubra Su Tos - Español (CDC)

Don't Let the Flu Get You (OSDH)

 No Deje Que le dé la Gripe (OSDH)

External Influenza Resources:

Seasonal Influenza (CDC)

"Take 3" Actions to Fight the Flu (CDC)

Flu.gov

Families Fighting Flu

 

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