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Influenza (also known as the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by various flu viruses. Influenza is different from a cold and comes on suddenly. It can cause severe sickness and may even lead to death.
The 2017-2018 influenza season was a high severity season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). They report that influenza-like illness (ILI) peaked at 7.5 percent, the highest since the 2009 flu pandemic.
The flu vaccine is the best way to prevent getting the illness. The vaccine also helps lessen symptoms for people who do come down with it. Health experts originally recommend all adults and children older than six months receive a flu vaccine by the end of October 2018. Although that date has passed, those who receive flu shots later in the fall or winter will still be protected. It’s best to get vaccinated four to six weeks before peak flu season, December through February.
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