Seasonal Influenza - Symptoms and Remedies
Flu season begins in October and continues into early spring (peak season is in January and February). All residents are encouraged to be aware and to take precautionary and preventative measures.
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:
- Get a flu shot.
- Wash your hands when applicable and possible.
- Always cover your mouth when you cough.
- Stay home if you feel sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- If you or your child gets sick with a respiratory illness, like flu, limit contact with others as much as possible to help prevent spreading illness. Stay home (or keep your child home) for at least 24 hours after fever is gone except to seek medical care or for other necessities.
- If an outbreak of flu or another illness occurs, follow public health advice. This may include information about how to increase the distance between people and other measures.
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.
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. For information in a variety of languages, see the NJ Health Flu Documents.
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.