Test your flu IQ

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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

  1. You can infect another person with the flu a day before you have symptoms—and five to seven days after you become sick.
  2. Flu season starts in fall, but it can peak anytime from late November through March.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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

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