Seasonal Influenza: GWU Experts Weigh In on Flu Basics & Staying Healthy

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Flu Season to Peak Around Mid-February; Still Time to Get Vaccinated

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. – According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year.

The flu vaccine for 2013-2014 helps protect against the influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the season. This includes an influenza A (H1N1) virus, an influenza A (H3N2) virus, and one or two influenza B viruses, depending on the flu vaccine.

In this WGWG SoundCloud interview, Gardner-Webb School of Nursing professor Quanza Mooring offers information on the current flu season and tips for staying healthy.

Located in Boiling Springs, N.C., Gardner-Webb University’s purpose is to advance the Kingdom of God through Christian higher education by preparing graduates for professional and personal success, instilling in them a deep commitment to service and leadership, and equipping them for well-rounded lives of lasting impact, Pro Deo et Humanitate (For God and Humanity).