Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. Common symptoms include high fever, chills, sore throat, cough, and muscle pain.
Flu viruses are detected year round but are most common in the fall and winter. Flu season timing and duration varies, but activity usually increases in October, peaks between December and February, and can last as late as May.
The best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu shot. Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctor's visits, sick days, and flu-related hospitalizations and death. All people six months and older should get a flu vaccine every year. Call the Jackson County Health Department at 816-404-6416 for questions or to schedule your flu shot today.