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Influenza (Flu) Facts:
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Influenza (also known as the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The flu is different from a cold. The flu usually comes on suddenly.

People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms such as Fever* or feeling feverish/chills, Cough, Sore throat, Runny or stuffy nose, Muscle or body aches, Headaches, Fatigue (tiredness), and Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

Getting an annual flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu. Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations. The more people who get vaccinated, the more people will be protected from flu.

Get Vaccinated!(CDC) Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every season.

Treatment Most people with the flu have mild illness and do not need medical care or antiviral drugs. If you get sick with flu symptoms, in most cases, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people except to get medical care.

Local Health Observances

May 2017 is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month!

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National Physical Fitness and Sports Month is a great time to spread the word about the benefits of getting active.Regular physical activity is good for everyone’s health, and people of all ages and body types can be physically active.

There are countless ways to get moving and we are asking our partners to help us inspire all Americans to be active. We’ve created this #MoveInMay Playbook where you can find themes, tips and motivational messages that you can promote throughout the month. You can also get ideas to #MoveInMay and every day at 0to60fitness.org

National Physical Fitness and Sports Month! is sponsored by the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition.

Physical Activity Guidelines.

We can use this month to raise awareness about the benefits of physical activity — and spread the word about fun ways to get moving!

Here are just a few ideas:

  1. Encourage families to make small changes, like taking a walk after dinner or going for a bike ride.
  2. Motivate teachers and administrators to make physical activity a part of every student’s day.
  3. Identify youth leaders in the community who can talk to their peers about the importance of being active.
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