Flu Season Tool Kit

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Preparing for Flu Season

Before flu season arrives, make sure you have yourself and your family prepared.

Pandemic Flu Preparation
Are you ready for a widespread flu outbreak? A major mutation in the flu virus could cause a widespread outbreak across the world. Because these types of mutations can't be predicted, flu vaccines may not be effective and a worldwide pandemic could potentially kill millions of people.

Find out what you can do to protect yourself and your family.

What You Need to Know About Flu Vaccines

The best protection against the flu is to get a flu vaccine every year. Depending on your personal preferences and your health, there are different options, figure out which one is right for you.

How to Find a Flu Vaccine
Where to go and what to expect when you are getting your flu shot.

  • Flu Shots
    What you need to know about the traditional flu vaccine.
  • Nasal Flu Vaccine
    The nasal flu vaccine is a great option for some people who would rather not get a shot.
  • Bird Flu Vaccine
    There is now a vaccine available in the US for those at high risk for bird flu.

Can't Get a Flu Shot?

Maybe Antiviral Meds Are for You
Antiviral medications are a good option if you are at high risk for complications and you cannot get the flu shot. They may also help shorten the duration of the flu if you happen to get it. Learn more about the two antiviral medications currently used in the US for flu prevention and treatment.

Straight Answers about the Flu Vaccine

People usually have lots of questions about the flu vaccine. There are a lot of misconceptions out there and sometimes it is hard to sort the truth from the fiction. Find the straight answers to the most commonly asked questions about the flu vaccine here.


Flu Facts

When flu season arrives, make sure you know everything you need to about it so you are prepared.

What Is the Flu?
Easy to understand explanation about what the flu virus is, how it spreads and why it changes every year.

Flu Symptoms
Learn about the most common symptoms of the flu. This will help you figure out if you might actually have the flu or some other type of illness.

Seasonal Flu or Stomach Flu?
Vomiting and diarrhea are not typical symptoms of the flu. Learn about the difference between influenza and the stomach flu.

Track Flu Activity by State
Find out how active the flu is in your state, updated weekly.

What to Do if You Get the Flu

Most of the time, people do not need to go to the doctor just because they have the flu. Find out what your options are if you do get the flu.

Treating Your Flu Symptoms

Using Antiviral Medications for the Flu

Over the Counter Flu Medications

When Your Kids Get the Flu

When your kids get the flu, it can be pretty scary. Parents just want their kids to get better as fast as possible, which isn't always an option when it comes to the flu. Learn about danger signs to watch for as well as what you can do to comfort your child when he has the flu.

Caring for a Child With the Flu

Tips for Preventing the Flu

Living a healthy lifestyle is the best way to prevent any type of infection, the flu included. There are lots of little things you can do to protect yourself and your family from all those nasty germs that like to make us sick.

4 Essential Steps for Preventing the Flu

Stay Healthy to Prevent Common Illnesses

How to Wash Your Hands

Whether you are preparing for flu season or in the midst of it, there is a lot to do to protect yourself and your family from this very serious illness. When combined with pneumonia, the flu is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States. Make sure you have done everything you can to avoid the flu this year.

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