What You Need to Know
This information from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
is for VA staff, veterans, their families, and their friends. It describes
facts on seasonal influenza (flu).
Each year in the U.S.,
the flu causes more than
and about 36,000 deaths.
A flu shot* is
the best way
to protect yourself
* Note: Flu vaccine is available as both
a shot and a nasal spray.
To learn more about the flu, visit
U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs
VA Central Office (13B)
810 Vermont Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20420
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Gen Audience 8
Seasonal Flu Symptoms:
Fever (Usually High)
Runny Or Stuffy Nose
Feeling Tired Or Weak
Muscle Or Body Aches
(Mostly In Children)
Flu Shot Can:
PROTECT you, your family,
and your friends from the flu
PREVENT severe illness
and even death
Seasonal flu is a
respiratory illness that:
Is caused by flu viruses that can
change each year
Occurs each year during fall, winter,
How does the flu spread?
When a person with the flu sneezes,
coughs, talks, or laughs, the flu virus can
spread into the air as droplets from their
mouth or nose. These droplets can spread
to people and surfaces within 3 to 6 feet.
The flu virus can spread to your hands
if you touch anything that has the
virus on it. If you then touch your eyes,
nose, or mouth, you can get the flu.
By getting rest
By using fever reducers
like Acetaminophen (e.g.,
Tylenol®) or Ibuprofen
(e.g., Advil® or Motrin®)**
By taking antiviral drugs
as Needed (From your
By drinking fluids
** Brand names included in this information are provided as examples only. Their inclusion does