About the Flu and Flu Vaccine

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Every flu season is unique and influenza infection can affect people differently. Millions of people get the flu every year, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized, and thousands of people die from flu-related causes. An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to help protect against the flu. Vaccination has many benefits including reducing the risk or severity of flu illnesses and hospitalizations, and even the risk of flu-related death in children.

Vaccination to prevent the flu is important for people who are at increased risk for severe illness and complications from the flu. People at high risk from the flu include those with chronic diseases.


Facts about the flu and flu vaccine:

What is Influenza (Flu)?
Flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year. Each year, as many as 45 million Americans get sick with flu and as many as 810,000 Americans are hospitalized with influenza.

Sleeve up image, African American womanFlu Symptoms
Influenza (flu) can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Flu is different from a cold. Flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:

  • fever* or feeling feverish/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.

Why is getting a flu shot especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Getting your flu shot this year protects you, protects your family, and helps make sure healthcare workers and hospitals in your community have resources to continue to treat COVID-19 patients.
It’s also possible to get flu and COVID-19 at the same time, so it’s especially important for people with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of serious complications—and their caregivers—to get their flu shot.


How Flu Spreads
Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by tiny droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. Less often, a person might get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or possibly their eyes.


Find a flu shot. Check both of the resources below to find a location that's right for you:

Southeast Michigan Flu Vaccine Locations

Free and Low Cost Flu Vaccines - MDHHS

Encuentre una vacuna contra la gripe. Consulte los siguientes recursos para encontrar una ubicación adecuada para usted:

Buscador de vacunas

Ubicaciones de las vacunas contra la influenza en el sureste de Michigan

Vacunas gratuitas/de bajo costo - MDHHS

Sleeve up image, Latino father and sonFlu Resources 

About the Flu - Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Flu Facts and Stats - National Kidney Foundation of Michigan

Flu in Michigan - Michigan Department of Health & Human Services

Flu & Covid 19 - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Chronic disease and the Flu - National Foundation for Infectious Diseases

Chronic kidney disease, Covid 19 and the Flu - National Kidney Foundation

En Español

Propagación de la influenza - Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades

¿Cuáles son los beneficios de la vacunación contra la influenza? - Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades

Personas con un alto riesgo de tener complicaciones por la influenza - Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades

Similitudes y diferencias entre la influenza y el COVID-19 - Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades  


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