Flu season is on its way and health officials are advising individuals to be prepared and get vaccinated.
Influenza is a respiratory illness that generally affects the nose, throat and lungs. Common symptoms include: fever, cough, sore throat, stuffy nose, body aches, headaches and fatigue.
The flu is passes from person to person by tiny droplets in the air from when an infected person sneezes or coughs. People are contagious one day before becoming ill all the way until a week after symptoms disappear.
Some individuals may develop complications from influenza including pneumonia, ear and sinus infections and the worsening of chronic health conditions.
Heal officials advise everyone over 6 months of age to get vaccinated. Vaccinations can now be administered most of the time through an injection or a nasal spray.
Talk to your health care provider for more information on the flu.