Flu Information

Influenza - commonly known as flu - is a highly contagious viral illness that affects the respiratory system. Flu symptoms can range from mild to severe, with serious cases resulting in hospitalization and even death. 

Those most at risk for serious flu complications include young children, older adults, women who are pregnant and those with chronic health conditions or compromised immune systems. Flu viruses are most common during fall and winter months, typically increasing in October and continuing into March, but can occur at any time during the year.

Flu viruses are spread through tiny drops released when a person coughs, sneezes or talks. Individuals may contract the flu by breathing in these drops, or by touching items and surfaces covered with these drops and then touching their mouth, nose or eyes. Individuals may carry and transmit the flu virus up to 24 hours before they show any signs or symptoms and up to 5-7 days after they become sick.


A flu vaccine is considered the best protection against flu. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Maury Regional clinicians recommend annual flu vaccination for children and adults be administered this year prior to November 1, unless otherwise directed by a physician.

Flu vaccination is available from your primary care provider as well from retail pharmacy locations and health departments.

In addition to a flu vaccine, good hygiene can help to reduce the spread of flu. To avoid spreading germs:

  • Wash hands regularly with soap and water.
  • Use a tissue to cover your mouth or nose when you cough or sneeze.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Avoid contact with those who are sick.
  • If you are sick, limit contact with others.
  • Clean frequently used surfaces such as doorknobs and countertops.

FLU season updates

During flu season, the CDC provides a weekly report outlining reported cases of flu throughout the United States.