Flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year.
Q: What is the Flu?
A: Flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death.
Q: What are the symptoms of the Flu?
A: Fever or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headache, fatigue.
Q:How long are you contagious if you get the Flu?
A: People with the flu are most contagious in the first 3-4 days after feeling sick. It is possible to infect others beginning one day before symptoms develop and up to five to seven days after becoming sick.
Q: How does the Flu spread?
A: These viruses spread mainly by tiny droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze, or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. Less often, a person might get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or possibly their eyes.
Q: How can I prevent the flu?
A: The first step in preventing the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year. Additionally, stay away from people who are sick, covering coughs and sneezes, and frequent handwashing.
Q: Are there treatment options for the Flu?
A: There are flu antiviral drugs that can be used to treat flu illness.
- Key facts about influenza (flu) – CDC
- This flu season – CDC
- Flu activity & surveillance – CDC
- Connecticut seasonal influenza statistics
- CT DPH Flu Surveillance Dashboard
CT DPH Flu Surveillance
Updated: September 19, 2023