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School Nurse - Katarzyna Baker, RN
Nurse Office Phone: 263-6111


flu

Flu symptoms may include:

  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills

  • Cough

  • Sore throat

  • Runny or stuffy nose

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headache

  • Tiredness

  • Some people have vomiting or diarrhea. This is more common in children.

  • Unlike a cold, flu symptoms start suddenly

How the virus is spread

The flu usually spreads from person to person when someone with the flu coughs or sneezes. Sometimes people get the flu because they touch an object or surface with flu virus on it -- and then touch their eyes, nose, or mouth.

You can't get the flu from getting the flu vaccine

The flu vaccine does not give you the flu. It stimulates your body to produce antibodies. These antibodies protect you from flu viruses. Once you get the flu vaccine, it takes about two weeks for it to be fully effective. You should not wait to get vaccinated.

Getting a flu vaccine has many benefits

  • The flu vaccine can keep you from getting the flu.

  • The flu vaccine can help make your illness less severe if you do get sick with the flu.

  • The flu vaccine can reduce the risk of being hospitalized with the flu for children and adults.

  • The flu vaccine protects pregnant women during and after pregnancy from flu complications. It also protects their newborn children for several months after birth.

  • The flu vaccine reduces the risk of a heart attack in people with heart disease.

  • The flu vaccine can reduce the risk of a child dying from the flu.

  • The flu vaccine can reduce the risk of adults dying from the flu.

  • Getting a flu vaccine can also help protect the people around you from getting the flu, especially people at high risk for serious complications from the flu.

  • For more information see the fact sheet: Why Get a Flu Vaccine

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