Flu season is usually from November to March, and there is a new and different influenza each year. Make sure you are revaccinated each flu season. Influenza vaccines will be available at WELLWVU Student Health during flu season.
If you need any additional information, feel free to call WELLWVU Student Health at 304-293-WELL.
Influenza, or the seasonal flu, is a viral infection affecting the respiratory tract which occurs every winter. The best way to prevent this illness is by getting a flu vaccination each fall.
Every year in the United States, on average:
There are two types of vaccines for seasonal flu:
About two weeks after vaccination, antibodies develop that protect against influenza virus infection. Flu vaccines will not protect against influenza-like illnesses caused by other viruses.
In general, anyone who wants to reduce their chances of getting the flu can get vaccinated. However, certain people should get vaccinated each year. They are either people who are at high risk of having serious flu complications or people who live with or care for those at high risk for serious complications.
People at high risk for complications from the flu:
Some people should not be vaccinated without first consulting a physician. They include:
If you have questions about whether you should get a flu vaccine, consult your health-care provider.
If you have any of these flu symptoms, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re afflicted with influenza:
Flu viruses spread in respiratory droplets caused by coughing and sneezing. They usually spread from person to person, though sometimes people become infected by touching something with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose. Most healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 days after becoming sick. That means that you can pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick. The average time to get sick after exposure is 2 days.
Complications of flu can include bacterial pneumonia, dehydration, and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma, or diabetes.
Some studies show that smokers are more likely to get the flu, & there is a higher mortality rate from the flu among smokers than among nonsmokers.
Three antiviral drugs (amantadine, rimantadine, and oseltamivir) are approved for use in preventing the flu. These are prescription medications, and a doctor should be consulted before they are used.