Don’t Forget the Flu
Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at higher risk of serious flu complications. There are two main types of influenza (flu) viruses: Types A and B. The influenza A and B viruses that routinely spread in people (human influenza viruses) are responsible for seasonal flu epidemics each year.
Cook County Department of Public Health collects and analyzes data on local influenza (or flu) activity year-round. During periods when higher influenza activity is expected (generally October to May), this information is compiled into a weekly surveillance report that is distributed to our partners in the healthcare community, schools, community groups, and the public. Copies of those reports can be found here. More detailed information can be viewed on our ShinyApp by clicking here. Weekly flu surveillance updates for the 2021-2022 influenza season have concluded. Updates for the 2022-2023 flu season will begin in October.
The best way to reduce the risk of flu and its potentially serious complications is by getting vaccinated each year.
The flu shot is the best protection against flu and flu-related illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths. It is safe, effective and available at no cost at many doctors’ offices, pharmacies, community health centers and flu clinics. Don’t wait to vaccinate. Get your flu shot as soon as possible. It takes two weeks to be fully effective. Learn more about the 2020-21 seasonal flu vaccine.
In addition to getting a flu vaccine, take everyday actions to help stop the spread of germs. Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your arm. Stay home as much as possible. If you must go out, wear a mask, watch your distance and wash your hands frequently. Avoid close contact with people that are sick and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects.
If you get sick with flu symptoms, in most cases, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people except to get medical care. If you become sick and are at increased risk for serious complications from flu, contact your doctor right away to discuss the benefits of antiviral medications that can be used to treat flu illness. Visit the CDC MedFinder for help filling a prescription
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The “Spread the Facts. Not the Flu.” campaign consists of English and Spanish ads on social media, radio and billboards. This campaign is intended to debunk common myths about flu and the flu vaccine and stresses the importance of getting a flu shot this year. Listen for the “Spread Facts. Not Flu.” live DJ reads and commercials on the radio at V103FM and 105.1FM.
High-resolution design files are available for download and use by partners interested in branding as their own with a source credit to CCDPH. Please email CCDPH Communications for details.
Download this 11X17 poster for your workplace, business, college or university, apartment building, condo or home.
Look for the “Spread Facts. Not Flu.” digital billboards in prominent and high-traffic locations on major roadways such as I-55, I-94 and I-294.
Social Media Ads
Look for the “Spread Facts. Not Flu.” social media ads (static and video) on Facebook, Instagram, Google Ads and YouTube in English and Spanish.
Look for the “Spread Facts. Not Flu.” videos on YouTube in English and Spanish.
Updated July 11, 2022, 1:13 PM