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Flu Season 2013-2014: Get the facts

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Flu season 2013-2014 - what you should know

Want to reduce the spread of flu? Get a flu shot, wash your hands regularly and stay home when sick, recommends the CDC.

The dreaded flu season is here. It can begin as early as October and extend through May in the United States, usually peaking in January and February. Be prepared with some questions and answers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that are specific to this year’s flu season:

What sort of flu season is expected this year?

Flu seasons are unpredictable in a number of ways. Although epidemics of flu happen every year, the timing, severity, and length of the season varies from one year to another.

Will new strains of flu circulate this season?

Flu viruses are constantly changing so it’s not unusual for new flu virus strains to appear each year. For more information about how flu viruses change, visit How the Flu Virus Can Change.

What should I do to prepare for this flu season?

CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease. While there are many different flu viruses, the flu vaccine is designed to protect against the three main flu strains that research indicates will cause the most illness during the flu season. Getting the flu vaccine as soon as it becomes available each year is always a good idea, and the protection you get from vaccination will last throughout the flu season. Read more