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Understanding flu vaccine - how to make an informed decision.

Influenza, or the flu, is a contagious respiratory viral illness that causes cough, sore throat, runny nose, muscle aches, fever, fatigue etc. While most people with flu are only sick for a few days or a week, the flu can lead to serious complications such as pneumonia, bronchitis or sinus infection. Those at highest risk for complications from the flu are the very young, the very old, or those who have a compromised immune system. The flu virus spreads when an infected person coughs or sneezes droplets into your face. Flu viruses can also survive on commonly touched objects such as phones, doorknobs, or countertops for up to two days. If a person touches these objects and gets the flu virus on their hands, then rubs their mouth, nose or eyes they could become sick with the flu. Hand hygiene is very important in preventing the spread of flu.

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