The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat,and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and can at times lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months of age or older be vaccinated annually against influenza. Patients at the health center should contact their primary care team about getting vaccinated.