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Flu season will be upon us again soon. And it’s time for just about everyone ages 6 months and older to get a flu vaccine.
In the meantime, here are five facts about the flu that you might not know.
5 fast facts about the flu
- You can infect another person with the flu a day before you have symptoms—and five to seven days after you become sick.
- Flu season starts in fall, but it can peak anytime from late November through March.
- There is no such thing as stomach flu. If you’re ill with nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, you probably have one of the many viruses and bacteria that can cause gastroenteritis.
- There are three different influenza virus families. Type A viruses can infect people, birds, pigs, horses and other animals. Type B viruses usually only infect humans. Type C viruses cause only mild—if any—symptoms.
- Millions of Americans get the flu each year. Between 3,000 and 49,000 of them die from the flu and its complications.
Sources: American Lung Association; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention