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.

Recommended Content

People also viewed...

You recently viewed...

Personalization is OFF. Your personal browsing history at Mass.gov is not visible because your personalization is turned off. To view your history, turn your personalization on.

Learn more on our .

*Recommendations are based on site visitor traffic patterns and are not endorsements of that content.