The Red Cross also has steps people can take to prevent the spread
of the flu virus during what the Centers for Disease Control says is
the worst influenza outbreak in several years in the United States.
For most people, the flu makes them feel very sick, but they
generally get better in about a week. However, young children,
people over age 65, pregnant women and people with chronic medical
conditions may develop serious complications from the flu, including
dehydration, pneumonia and worsening of medical conditions like
heart disease, diabetes or asthma.
The American Red Cross has a few tips to help you stay healthy
Get your flu shot
as soon as it is available for the best chance of protection. A
flu vaccine is available in the U.S. every year.
good health habits to maintain your body's resistance to
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For more information about
flu prevention, visit
[Text from file received from
American Red Cross, Illinois
Capital Area Chapter]