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Discover all you need to know about flu, including what flu causes and what increases your risk of catching it. Also, learn some proven ways to prevent flu with an annual flu shot or FluMist and simple lifestyle strategies. We want you to stay well and avoid getting flu this year.

What Is Flu?

Worried about catching the flu? Then check out these flu basics. Learn all about flu and how it’s different from a cold or GI bug. Then take steps to protect yourself and your family from flu misery.

What is flu anyway? Do you get gastrointestinal or respiratory problems with flu? Learn the differences between a stomach flu and influenza so you can identify and treat your flu symptoms properly.

Infants and young children have a higher risk of serious complications from the flu. However, there are easy ways to protect them from this serious viral infection. Learn when to call the doctor.

With the latest media scares about avian flu or bird flu in other countries, it’s important to learn more about flu. Discover why knowledge is power in preventing serious health problems with flu.


What causes the flu anyway? Find out about the causes of flu — and learn some prevention tips so you can outsmart the flu virus this year.

Are You at Risk?

Learn what increases your chances of getting flu and some simple ways to protect you and your family members from flu this year.


An ounce of flu prevention is well worth the effort! Learn simple strategies to prevent flu — and start using them today.

Undecided about getting a flu shot this year? A flu shot may be your best protection against the flu virus. Learn more about the influenza vaccine and its side effects and see if it’s right for you.

FluMist is a flu vaccine delivered in a nasal spray. Learn more about FluMist, including who might benefit from this immunization, who shouldn’t get it, and how FluMist can protect against the flu.

Your immune system is your bodyguard against illness. Learn how the immune system works and how to keep your immune system functioning optimally to protect you from infections.

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