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Surviving Flu Season:



Seasonal flu viruses can be detected year-round; however, seasonal flu activity often begins as early as October and November and can continue to occur as late as May. Flu activity most commonly peaks in the United States between December and February.

Influenza (Flu) types

  • Seasonal
  • Pandemic
  • Avian
  • Swine
  • Influenza in Animals
  • Flu Symptoms:

    • fever* or feeling feverish/chills
    • cough
    • sore throat
    • runny or stuffy nose
    • muscle or body aches
    • headaches
    • fatigue (tiredness)
    • some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

    Take Three Actions to Protect Against Flu:

  • Get Vaccinated
  • Preventive Steps
  • Treatment
  • The flu season is unpredictable. While we know the flu is going to spread each year, the exact timing and length of each flu season can vary. Flu activity often begins to increase in the U.S. in October. The CDC recommends that people get a flu vaccine by the end of October, if possible.

    December 2019 is Aids Awareness Month

     
    Sponsored By: World AIDS Day Campaign

    Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a virus that attacks the immune system. In particular, it attacks white blood cells known as CD4 cells or T-helper cells that are vital to immune responses.

    How Do You Get or Transmit HIV?

    You can only get HIV by coming into direct contact with certain body fluids from a person with HIV who has a detectable viral load. These fluids are:

  • Blood
  • Semen and pre-seminal fluid
  • Rectal fluids
  • Vaginal fluids
  • Breast milk
  • For transmission to occur, the HIV in these fluids must get into the bloodstream of an HIV-negative person through a mucous membrane; open cuts or sores; or by direct injection. People with HIV who take HIV medicine daily as prescribed and get and keep an undetectable viral load have effectively no risk of sexually transmitting HIV to their HIV-negative partners.HIV can affect anyone regardless of sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, gender or age. However, certain groups are at higher risk for HIV and merit special consideration because of particular risk factors.

    Is the Risk of HIV Different for Different People?

    1 in 7 living with HIV are unaware of their infection. Some groups of people in the United States are more likely to get HIV than others because of many factors, including the status of their sex partners and their risk behaviors.Click here to find HIV Services Near You.

    There are several symptoms of HIV. Not everyone will have the same symptoms. It depends on the person and what stage of the disease they are in. Click here to view what the three stages of HIV and some of the symptoms people may experience.

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    Please consult your doctor about any personal health concerns.
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