Get the (Flu) Facts

Published 12/05/2019

Flu signs and symptoms usually come on suddenly. People who are sick with flu often feel some or all of the following:

  • Fever* or feeling feverish, or having chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults

*It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever

Flu Season FAQs

  • When should I get vaccinated? By the end of October is considered best, but you can get the flu shot throughout flu season.
  • What should I do besides getting a flu shot? Stay away from sick people and wash your hands (a lot!).
  • What should I do if I get sick? Stay home from work or school! Plus, avoid interacting with young children, older people, pregnant women, and people with certain chronic health conditions.

Think you might have the flu? The Seattle Flu Study needs your help in our effort to fight the flu in our community—just click “Join the study” for a quick screener to see if you qualify.*

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Source: The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is one of the most trusted and comprehensive sources for information about infectious diseases. Their website has the most up to date details on how to prevent, diagnose, and treat the flu. For more information, you can read the rest of the CDC’s flu FAQs here.

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