Basic Information about Flu

Flu is a disease of the body's breathing system, including the nose, throat and lungs. The most common symptoms are fever, cough, and sore throat. Symptoms last from a few days to a week or more.

Staying Healthy

Everyone 6 months of age and older should be vaccinated for flu. The only exceptions are people with a severe allergy to eggs or to a vaccine component. Washing your hands often, and coughing and sneezing into a tissue or into the inside your elbow, will also help keep you and others healthy.

If You Get Sick or Think You Are Sick

Flu: Caring for People at Home


For up-to-date flu information and where to find a flu shot, please call the MDPH Information Line toll free at (866) 627-7968.

This information is provided by within the Department of Public Health.

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