The following Information is taken from
West Virginia Influenza "Flu" Resource Center:
Influenza (also known as the flu) is a respiratory illness caused by flu viruses
that can spread easily from person to person. Influenza can cause mild to severe
illness. Symptoms usually are fever and cough or sore throat, and may also
include headache, extreme tiredness, runny or stuffy nose, or muscle aches.
Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea can also occur, especially in children.
What can you do? Get vaccinated! Everybody age 6 months and older should get
influenza vaccine every year. Last year, everyone that wanted to be vaccinated
against H1N1 had to get a separate shot. This year is different. The seasonal
flu vaccine this year provides protection against H1N1. There are two types of
flu vaccine that one may receive. The first is an inactivated (‘flu shot’): This
flu vaccine can be given by injection to anyone aged 6 months or older.
The other is called Live attenuated (‘nasal spray’): This flu vaccine can be
given as a nose spray to any healthy non-pregnant person that are between the
ages of 2-49. Both types of influenza vaccine protect against 3 strains of flu,
Please read the Vaccine Information Statements on
Inactivated Flu or
Live Intranasal Flu vaccines. The VIS also
includes information as to who should not be vaccinated.
Most people need only one dose for protection. Some children aged 6 months
through 8 years will need two doses four weeks apart for full protection this
year. Talk to your child’s healthcare provider for more information.
As with all vaccines, there are numerous myths that often confuse people. Here
is credible information about vaccine safety.
Seasonal Influenza Public Information Sheet
The following links are provided as Influenza resources: