It's Flu Season

February 23, 2018

People all over the country are getting sick. They are being infected with the flu. The word flu is short for influenza.

Flu season in the U.S. runs from October to March. This year’s flu is especially bad. Data shows major flu activity in every state but Hawaii. “There’s a lot of flu in a lot of places,” says Dan Jernigan. He is a director at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Catching the Flu

The flu is contagious. You can catch it from someone who has it. It causes fever and chills. It can make you very tired. Most people with the flu get better fast. Doctors can treat it with medicine. But the flu can be dangerous for children. And it can be dangerous for older adults.

The flu vaccine is the best way to prevent infection. It is also important to wash your hands often.

If you catch the flu, there are ways to stop it from spreading. Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. And be sure to stay home and rest. Your classmates will thank you.