Influenza (flu) is a highly contagious virus that is spread through droplets in the air by coughing, sneezing, and close person to person contact. The virus may also survive on inanimate objects. The flu virus continually changes in cycles. In some years these changes make the virus more likely to infect people. Since more people are infected, a marked increase in morbidity and mortality occur these years.
Symptoms of influenza include fever, body aches, headache, fatigue, cough, sore throat, chills, and stuffy or runny nose. Symptoms can persist for several days and can be severe enough to cause the individual to miss work and/or school. Individuals who are very young or over 65 years of age may develop more severe symptoms and complications from the flu virus including pneumonia, bronchitis, and myocarditis. Each year thousands of individuals in the United States die from influenza virus.
The number of influenza infections and deaths vary from year to year. On average, approximately 20,000 people die annually from influenza and complications from an influenza infection and an additional 200,000 more are hospitalized. Approximately 90% of deaths occur in the 65 years and older age group.
Flu vaccine is recommended on an annual basis during the “flu season”. This is typically between October and May in the United States, but the vaccine may be available sooner. The flu vaccine is recommended for all individuals over 6 months of age.
The Vaccine Center and Travel Medicine Clinic has ALL the recommended and/or required vaccines needed for your travel.
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Hepatitis A/B (Twinrix)
- Japanese Encephalitis
- Meningococcal (MenB)
- TD/Tdap (Tetanus)
- Typhoid IM
- Typhoid Pills
- Yellow Fever
- Gardasil (HPV)