Influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Some people, such as older people, young children and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications. It is widespread across the United States and in Oregon this year. Even healthy children and adults can become very ill if they get the flu.
The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu shot (or nasal mist) each year. We strongly recommend that you contact your healthcare provider or local pharmacy to arrange for your vaccination. You can also use the Flu Vaccine Finder on the State's website.
- Wash your hands well and often.
- Cough and sneeze into your arm or a tissue (and throw the tissue away).
- If you become sick, stay home for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever (without the use of fever-reducing medications).
Everyone ages six months and older should receive an annual flu vaccine. A flu vaccination is especially recommended for people with chronic medical conditions, pregnant women, people living or caring for babies six months and younger or people who are unable to be vaccinated because of health reasons, and all health care workers.What if I don't have health insurance?
Adults can get flu shots at local pharmacies without a prescription and the cost is usually less than $30.For more information:
You can also get more information at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.