(the flu) is a serious respiratory illness caused by a virus. People of
any age can get the flu, and illness usually lasts five to 10 days,
sometimes longer in older adults and in people with chronic
diseases. Most people who get the flu are ill for only a few days.
some people can become very ill, possibly developing complications and
The influenza virus spreads mainly from person to person
through coughing or sneezing. People can become infected by touching objects or
surfaces with flu viruses on them and then touching their eyes, mouth or nose.
The best way to prevent the flu is to be immunized every year. The flu
shot is a safe and effective way to protect you and your family from
becoming ill with the flu. The flu shot strengthens your immune system to
build up antibodies against the virus. It can take up to two weeks for
antibodies to build up after you get the flu shot.
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