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Influenza, usually called flu, is highly contagious. Most people recover with rest and basic care – healthy food, plenty of fluids. However, the flu can be serious. Infants, older adults, pregnant women and people with underlying conditions are at higher risk of hospitalization or death.
Flu season is unpredictable. Typically, it starts in October and peaks between December and February.
With COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses also circulating, it's extra important to get your flu shot this year. Think of it as essential. Talk to your medical provider or local pharmacy.
You should also get your COVID-19 vaccines and make sure you are up-to-date on boosters. It is safe to get your booster and flu vaccine at the same appointment.
If you do feel sick, stay home to avoid spreading the illness. Be sure to always wash hands and surfaces thoroughly with soap and warm water. Cover sneezes or coughs with a tissue, and never cook or serve food to others when you are sick.
Learn more at www.snohd.org/flu and www.snohd.org/covidvaccine.