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Influenza, or “the flu,” is a contagious respiratory disease. Typical flu symptoms include fever, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headache, muscle aches and extreme fatigue.
A yearly flu vaccine is the best way to prevent flu illness. Vaccination is especially important for people at higher risk of complications from influenza:
- Pregnant and postpartum women, or those who will be pregnant during the influenza season;
- Children younger than five years of age;
- Persons 65 years of age and older, including residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities;
- People with chronic medical conditions including heart, lung, liver and kidney disease, diabetes, asthma, cancer, a weak immune system (including individuals with HIV disease) and anemia.