State Flu Hotlines:
Public Health Department
Cass County, Mo.
Clay County, Mo.
Jackson County, Mo.
Johnson County, Kan.
Kansas City, Mo.
Leavenworth County, Kan.
Miami County, Kan.
Platte County, Mo.
Wyandotte County, Kan.
Influenza, or flu, is a contagious respiratory disease that is caused by viruses. Seasonal flu occurs every year, typically in the fall and winter. Pandemic flu is different and can be much worse. It can cause a worldwide outbreak of a new form of flu virus, which spreads easily from person to person because people have no immunity.
Protect yourself and others from seasonal or pandemic flu
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you’re sick or have flu symptoms.
- Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing. If no tissue is available, direct the cough or sneeze into the bend of your elbow, not into your hands.
- Wash your hands often to protect against germs.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs, then touches his or her eyes, nose or mouth.
- Practice other good health habits. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage stress, drink plenty of fluids, eat nutritious foods and avoid smoking.
- Keep all immunizations up to date, including seasonal flu shots.
For more information about what you can do to prepare for flu season, contact your local public health department.
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