Flu Facts

These facts about how the flu spreads might surprise you!

Marie Everhart MSN, RN, CNE Associate Professor, Nursing,


Did you know?

  1. Flu virus droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are within 3-6 feet of each other or be inhaled into the lungs.  

2. A person might get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.  

3. Adults can infect others with the flu beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 7 days after becoming sick.  

4. An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to help protect against flu. Other ways of flu prevention include: washing your hands frequently, covering your nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing and limiting contact with others that are ill.  

5. Through mathematical modeling by the CDC, 80,000 flu related deaths occurred last season, not counting the 180 deaths of children.