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A Contagious Disease

Influenza, also known as the flu, is a contagious disease that is caused by the influenza virus. It attacks the respiratory tract (nose, throat and lungs). Most people who get the flu will recover in one to two weeks, but some people will develop life-threatening complications such as pneumonia as a result of the flu. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), anyone can get the flu, even healthy people, and serious complications from influenza can occur at any age. People age 65 years and older, people of any age with chronic medical conditions, and very young children are at highest risk for serious complications from the flu.

Flu viruses are spread primarily from person to person in the respiratory droplets of coughs and sneezes. A person can spread the flu before he or she feels sick. Adults can continue to pass the flu virus to others for three to seven days after symptoms appear. Children can spread the virus for more than seven days.

Summit Health is a leading provider of flu shot clinics to both corporations and retailers. Each year hundreds of thousands of people benefit from Summit Health programs offered through their employers and local retailers including grocery stores, pharmacies, and department stores. With a national network of 1,250 franchise and affiliate offices, Summit Health is the select provider of flu shot clinics for businesses and retail organizations across the country. Summit Health's proven systems and nationwide experience ensure that programs are run efficiently and effectively.

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