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Flu viruses are thought to spread mainly from person-to-person when germs are transmitted through coughing, sneezing, or simply talking to someone with the flu. Flu viruses also may spread when people touch something with the flu virus on it and then touch their mouth, eyes, or nose.
People infected with flu may be able to infect others beginning one day before symptoms develop and up to five-to-seven days after becoming sick. That means you may be able to spread the flu to someone else before you know you are sick as well as while you are sick. Young children, those who are severely ill, and those who have severely weakened immune systems may be able to infect others for longer than five-to-seven days.
What you can do to slow the spread of this virus:
Since this is a condition so easily transmitted, everyone is better off when we all learn the facts about the flu and its many variations.The Federal government hosts a website devoted entirely to educating Americans about this illness and offers links that are sure to answer all of your questions. The New Jersey Department of Health has also devoted a portion of its website to flu education and preparedness.
Here are some helpful handouts:
Links to further information related to each form of influenza are readily available from the NJ Department of Health Get Flu Ready, New Jersey page. Much of it is presented in English and Spanish.
County Health Departments Coordinate Local Flu Clinics
Many county health departments have announced that they will coordinate the administration of flu shots for county residents. Find out what is available by going to the link provided below for your county. If we could not find a listing of clinics in your area we have provided the link to your county health department. You may call the department directly to determine resources available in your county.
|Atlantic County||Gloucester County||Ocean County|
|Bergen County||Hudson County||Passaic County|
|Burlington County||Hunterdon County||Salem County|
|Camden County||Mercer County||Somerset County|
|Cape May County||Middlesex County||Sussex County|
|Cumberland County||Monmouth County||Union County|
|Essex County||Morris County||Warren County|