Seasonal influenza (the flu) is a serious disease. It's more than just a runny nose and sore throat. The flu can make you very sick and cause you to go to the hospital or even lead to death. Flu symptoms can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headaches, body aches, chills and fatigue.
What's New with the Flu
- Flu activity continues to be widespread throughout California and continues to be elevated in Orange County
- To date, there have been 18 reports of severe influenza cases in Orange County
- February is the peak month for flu activity
How to Protect Yourself & Others
- The flu virus is spread through cough and sneeze droplets. The best way to protect yourself is by getting vaccinated. Most insurance plans cover free vaccinations. Check with your health care provider. In addition, various clinics in Orange County also offer free flu shots at no cost. Click here to see a list of clinics where you can get a free flu shot.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough or sneeze. Discard tissue in trash.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based sanitizers are also effective.
- Stay home from work or school if you get sick with influenza
- Limit contact with populations who are at high risk of becoming severely ill (pregnant women, children, and those with chronic illness)
When to Seek Immediate Medical Care
- Fever over 101 F
- Severe or persistent vomiting or diarrhea
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
- Lightheadedness, sudden dizziness or confusion
- Excessive drowsiness
- Sweats or chills
- Symptoms worsen after 2-3 days
For more information about influenza, visit https://www.cdc.gov/flu/