Influenza, “flu,” is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. Symptoms can include fever, headache, extreme tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, and muscle aches. Flu season circulates throughout the year. Depending on the season, age, and prior health conditions flu can be serious and/or life-threatening.
Looking for a flu shot? Chisago county public health is currently offering flu vaccinations by appointment. You may also contact your primary care provider or local pharmacy for details and availability.
Flu tests are available by contacting your primary care provider or local pharmacy for details.
The flu can be treated with antiviral drugs if started soon after you get sick. They will help reduce how sick you get and how long you are ill. Over the counter drugs, rest, and fluids can help you feel better faster but inquire with your primary care provider or local pharmacy for details.
The single best way to prevent the flu is to get the flu shot. Everyone 6 months of age and older should get the flu vaccine every year. The flu shot cannot cause the flu.
The flu shot is given with a needle, usually in the arm, and can be given to most people 6 months of age and older.