Influenza (flu)

About Influenza

Influenza (flu) is caused by a virus that spreads easily from person to person. When people with flu cough or sneeze, the flu virus is in the wet spray that comes out of their nose and mouth. The flu virus can also get on objects you touch.

Influenza can be a very serious disease, with complications that can sometimes require hospitalization, or even cause death.

Here's how you can prevent the spread of flu:
  • Get a flu shot every year.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or in your inner elbow when you cough or sneeze.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer.
  • If you are sick, stay home.
  • Adults can spread flu for about 5 days.
  • Children can spread flu for about 7 days.
  • Use a household cleaner to clean objects that are touched often.

Flu Shot

Looking for a flu shot? Please contact the Health Department to make an appointment during our regular business hours, Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm. For additional locations where you can get a flu shot, please visit this site.

Cold or Flu?

Is it a Cold or the Flu? Knowing the difference between a cold and the flu can speed up your recovery!


Symptom
ColdFlu
Body AchesRareYes
ChillsRareYes
CoughYesRare
FeverRareYes
HeadachesNoYes
Runny / Stuffy Nose
YesRare
Tired / Weak
Rare
Yes


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    107 Merrimack Street
    4th floor
    Lowell, MA 01852

    Fax: 978-970-4011