Flu is a contagious respiratory disease caused by influenza A or B viruses, that can lead to serious complications, hospitalization, or even death. It can cause mild to severe illness and attacks the body by spreading through the upper and/or lower respiratory tract. Flu season can extend well into the spring months. Anyone can get the flu, and vaccination is the single best way to protect against influenza.
Symptoms of Flu
All types of flu can cause:
- Fever or feeling feverish/chills – not everyone with the flu will have a fever.
- Coughing and/or sore throat.
- Runny or stuffy nose.
- Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, although this is more common in children than adults.
- Muscle aches.
Call the Flu Information Hotline at (401) 921-7620
Please call (401) 737-6050 to schedule an appointment at the VNA of Care New England office. For those under three years of age and living in Rhode Island, contact the Rhode Island Department of Health or your physician for more information.