Glossary of Flu Terms
Influenza: An acute contagious viral infection characterized by inflammation of the respiratory tract and by fever, chills, muscular pain, and physical exhaustion. Also called Flu or Grippe.
Seasonal Flu: Flu strains that that follow a predictable seasonal pattern--usually in winter. Outbreaks are generally manageable though 200,000 will be hospitalized and 36,000 will die each year.
H1N1 Flu: A new strain of flu first reported this spring. The rapid outbreak has gone from two states, to North America, and then worldwide. Cases in the United States was relatively mild, but it is expected to be more robust this fall. Because most people do not have immunity, the illness is expected to be more severe and widespread.
Flu Symptoms: Cough, sore throat, runny nose, headache, body ache, and fever.
Vaccination for Seasonal Flu: Will be available in late September. For healthy people the seasonal flu vaccine is up to 90% effective in preventing flu.
Vaccination for H1N1: THis vaccine is expected later in the fall.
The focus this year is on vaccinating children, teens, young adults--groups that seldom get flu shots.
Prevention is key according to Community Partners for Influenza Planning. The group strongly encourages all parents to take advantage of this convenient opportunity at schools to protect our children against flu this year.