Influenza ("The Flu")
Influenza is a very contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. These viruses are spread when a person who has influenza coughs, sneezes, or speaks, releasing viruses into the air. When these viruses enter the nose, throat, or lungs of another person, they begin to multiply, causing disease. The viruses can also be spread when a person touches a surface with flu viruses on it (for example, a door handle) and then touches his or her nose or mouth.
Flu symptoms often include fever, cough, sore throat, runny/stuffy nose, headache, muscle aches, and fatigue. Flu can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year.
Options for getting your flu shot at Washtenaw County Public Health and other community sites
Local Influenza Activity
Flu trends in Washtenaw County
Influenza Fact Sheet
Basic flu information, including symptoms, treatment, and prevention
Is it a cold or the flu?
Information to help you figure it out!
Information on importance of covering coughs and sneezes and practicing good handwashing
Proper Cough Technique
Fun educational video on the right way to cough!
Information and resources on flu, including a flu vaccine finder based on zip code
Michigan Department of Community Health
Statewide flu activity, as well as information on avian influenza ("bird flu") and pandemic influenza preparedness
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Detailed flu information, as well as national flu activity
page updated 2/10/11