Influenza (FLU) is a highly contagious viral infection of the nose, throat, and lungs. When you have the flu, your body’s ability to fight off other infections is lowered and more serious, sometimes fatal complications can occur, like:
The influenza virus causes one of the world’s most serious respiratory illnesses. It is potentially fatal and infects humans in the tens of millions each year. The virus changes each year – sometimes a little, sometimes a lot.
Influenza spreads rapidly from person to person by air-born droplets carried in a cough or a sneeze. Under the right conditions the virus can survive up to 48 hours on nonporous surfaces like a telephone receiver, computer keyboard, doorknob, kitchen countertop, coffee pot handle….and it can incubate in as little as one day.