Dur­ing the peak of flu sea­son,

test how much you know about this com­mon ill­ness and how you can pro­tect your­self.

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Flu is caused by viruses, while an­tibi­otics only work against bac­te­ria. You may be pre­scribed an­tivi­ral medicines to treat your flu, and while th­ese don’t ac­tu­ally cure the virus it­self, they can make you less in­fec­tious to oth­ers around you and can re­duce the amount of time you may be ill.

The in­jected flu vac­cine given to adults con­tains in­ac­ti­vated flu viruses, so it can’t give you the flu. Your arm may feel a bit sore where you were in­jected, and some peo­ple get a slight tem­per­a­ture and aching mus­cles for a cou­ple of days af­ter­wards. Other re­ac­tions are very rare.

The viruses that cause flu can change every year, so you need a vac­ci­na­tion that matches the new viruses each year. The vac­cine usu­ally pro­vides pro­tec­tion for the du­ra­tion of that year’s flu sea­son. It’s im­por­tant to keep up to date with your vac­ci­na­tions.

Ev­ery­one should be vac­ci­nated against the flu. This is be­cause the flu is a con­ta­gious dis­ease that can lead to se­ri­ous ill­ness, in­clud­ing pneu­mo­nia, and even hos­pi­tal­i­sa­tion. Healthy peo­ple can also spread the virus to oth­ers who are par­tic­u­larly sus­cep­ti­ble, in­clud­ing new­born ba­bies and older peo­ple.

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