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‘TIS THE SEASON FOR THE COLD AND FLU

Unless you live in a bubble, chances are you will be exposed to the cold and flu virus. While these contagious viruses can be found year-round in the United States, they are most common during the fall and winter. Cold and flu activity often begins to increase in October.1 You can monitor activity in your area with the Theraflu® Cold and Flu Tracker.

When is the peak of flu season?

Of course, every season plays out differently but, typically, the peak of cold and flu season is between December and February. In fact, according to the CDC, during a 34-year period dating back to 1982, February was the peak month of flu activity during 14 seasons.1

1982 TO 2015

HOW MANY TIMES WAS EACH MONTH THE PEAK OF FLU SEASON?

Flu Season Graph

Source: CDC (2016, July 25). The Flu Season. Retrieved April 24, 2017, from https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/flu-season.htm

When does flu season end?

Usually, flu season lasts for about 12 weeks according to experts. But that can vary quite a bit, depending on where a person lives and how many strains are circulating.

5 ways to prepare for cold and flu season

  1. Consider getting a flu shot because the CDC says it reduces the risk of getting sick by 50%
  2. Wash your hands frequently
  3. Minimize contact with sick people and keep your distance from those coughing or sneezing
  4. Stock up on Theraflu® over-the-counter cold and flu medicines
  5. Keep an eye on the activity in your area with the Theraflu® Cold and Flu Tracker

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