The Flu

Stay Healthy. Prevent the Flu.

Dr. Harry Chen gets his flu vaccine from the VNA.Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine.

What is "the flu?"

Influenza, commonly called the flu or seasonal flu, is caused by viruses that infect the nose, throat and lungs.

The flu usually spreads through the air from person to person when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. Unlike the common cold, the flu can cause serious illness and can be life-threatening. Each year over 36,000 people in the U.S. die from complications of the flu.

Did you know:  It takes about two weeks after getting the flu shot for it to be fully effective.

Get vaccinated now so that you'll be protected!

Learn More:

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Flu Clinic Information

Dial 2-1-1, or visit online at

Flu Prevention and Treatment



Prevent the Spread of Flu

The best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu shot

To help prevent the spread of flu, or any other illness that can be spread from person to person:


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Who Should Get a Flu Shot?

fact man - flu shot superheroWhile nearly everyone will benefit from a flu shot, for some people the flu can lead to serious complications.

The Department of Health and CDC encourage all Vermonters to get vaccinated, especially those at high risk of complications.

Where to get your flu shot

Vaccination is recommended if you are:

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What to do if you get sick

Call your health care provider right away if flu symptoms are severe.

Is It a Cold or Flu?
Flu symptoms can often be confused with the common cold, but the flu usually comes on more suddenly and is more severe.

Symptoms of flu may include fever (usually high), headache, tiredness and weakness (can be extreme), dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body or muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea (much more common among children than adults).

A person who is sick with the flu is contagious. That means they can spread viruses. Adults can be contagious from one day before having symptoms to seven days after getting sick. Children can be contagious for longer than seven days.

be a superhero - stay home if you are sick!If you start to get flu symptoms:

What to do about the flu: guidelines for careWhat to do About the Flu: Deciding about Care
At-a-glance guidance about the level of care for adults and children based upon type and severity of symptoms.
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More Information

Contact us

Vermont Department of Health
108 Cherry Street
Burlington, VT 05401

Tel. 802-863-7200
Email using our Web form

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