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What You Need to Know

It takes about 2 weeks to build up antibodies against the virus following the flu vaccine.
The Flu virus can lead to serious complications in some people, such as pneumonia.

An example of some Individuals at higher risk for flu complications include:

  • Children under age 5 years
  • Older adults age 65 years and older
  • Pregnant women
  • Individuals with lowered immune systems
  • People with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • Asthma
  • Heart Disease
  • Diabetes

How Long Can The Flu Virus Live on Objects and Surfaces?  The virus can live on surfaces several hours.  Virus’ tend to survive longer on hard surfaces.

How far away can the Flu virus be transmitted via droplets in the air?  Individuals infected with the virus can spread it to others from up to 6 feet away. 

How long is one contagious if having the flu?  You are the most contagious the first 3 to 4 days of the illness. However, you can still infect others for up to the first 7 days.  It is also possible to transmit this virus a day before the start of your symptoms.

Prevention of The Flu: Good hand washing, properly covering your mouth with your arm, not hand, when coughing.  Not sharing eating utensils.  Getting the vaccine. These can help decrease chances of transmission of the virus.
(Find more information at Centers of Disease Control and Prevention WWW.CDC.GOV)

The material contained on this site is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatments.  Always seek the advice of your qualified health care provider.


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