The flu? No big deal ... Or is it? Actually, influenza – commonly called the "flu" – can be a pretty serious illness. According to the Centers for Disease Control, compared with other viral respiratory infections – such as the common cold – infection from the "flu" often causes a more severe illness.
In an average year, influenza is associated with about 36,000 deaths nationwide and many more hospitalizations. Even less serious cases of influenza can keep individuals – both young and old – from work and school for up to several days.
Get your flu shot early! This year, staying safe from the flu is more important than ever. Get your annual flu shot before flu season starts in November to keep you and your community safe.
Please visit a Banner Urgent Care or Banner Health Clinic to get your shot today.
Wondering if what you have is the flu or a cold? Up in the middle of the night with a sick child? Being sick or trying to care for a sick loved one can be stressful but finding the right care or treatment shouldn’t be. Our symptom checker can help you find the right care. Start now.