What sort of flu season is expected this year?
Flu seasons are unpredictable in a number of ways. Although epidemics of flu happen every year, the timing, severity, and length of the epidemic depends on many factors, including what influenza viruses are spreading and whether they match the viruses in the vaccine.
Will new strains of flu circulate this season?
Flu viruses are constantly changing so it's not unusual for new flu virus strains to appear each year.
When will flu activity begin and when will it end?
The timing of flu is very unpredictable and can vary from season to season. Flu activity most commonly peaks in the U.S. in January or February. However, seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and continue to occur as late as May.
The Center for Disease Control recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease. To learn more please visit the Center for Disease Control at www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/vaccine/
While there are many different flu viruses, the flu vaccine is designed to protect against the three main flu strains that research indicates will cause the most illness during the flu season. For information about which viruses this season's vaccine has been developed to fight, please visit the Center for Disease Control at www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/vaccine-selection.htm.
Pierce College, staff and students are encouraged to practice good personal hygiene during flu season:
The flu is typically distinguished from a cold or allergies by a fever of 100° F or higher. Symptoms may also include cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body ache, headache, chills, unusual fatigue, diarrhea or vomiting.
If you experience these symptoms:
Returning to class and other activities:
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