Seasonal vs. Pandemic Flu

  Flu Release 2013-Trempealeau County Health Office

  Influenza (Flu) WI Dept of Health Services

What is the flu?
Flu, also called influenza, is a contagious disease of the lungs and airways.  Usually influenza viruses are spread in droplets of cough and sneezes.

Flu symptoms
* Fever * Headache * Sore Throat * Body Aches * Cough * Runny Nose * Stomach and Intestinal Discomfort * Extreme Tiredness

What is the flu pandemic?
A flu pandemic means a worldwide outbreak of the disease.

How can I protect my family and myself?

• Wash hands often (for 20 seconds)
• Cover your cough and sneeze with tissue or sleeve
• Stay home if you feel sick
• Avoid touching your nose, mouth, and eyes
• Ask about a flu shot

Practice Healthy Habits!
Eat healthy, get plenty of rest, and exercise regularly.

How Does Seasonal Flu Differ from Pandemic Flu?

Seasonal Flu Pandemic Flu
• Occurs every year, usually in the winter • Occurs rarely (3 times in the 20th century)
• Affects 10% of the population • May affect 25% of the population
• For most people it is an unpleasant but not a life-threatening infection • It could be a more serious infection for everyone
• Annual vaccination is available • Vaccine probably would not be available in the early stages of a pandemic