Contagious illnesses, such as the flu, cold and strep throat, are infections caused by a number of viruses that pass through the air and enter your body. Flu season typically starts in the fall and peaks in January or February.
- Flu (MedlinePlus)
- Colds and the Flu (FamilyDoctor.org)
- Flu.gov: Know What to Do About the Flu (U. S. Department of Health & Human Services)
- Key Facts About Influenza & Flu Vaccine (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Stopping the Spread of Germs at Home, Work & School (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Managing Flu & Contagious Illnesses can be a confusing experience for newly diagnosed patients and their caregivers. To learn about the specific kinds of providers that might make up your health care team, as well as the services, programs, support groups, and organizations that can help you manage, visit the Managing the Flu & Contagious Illnesses page.
Mobile apps and tools can provide you with easy-to-use information and resources that can serve as one part of your overall strategy to become and stay healthy.
FluView lets users view the CDC’s data about current flu activity across the US. Free. iOS.
Outbreaks Near Me shows real-time disease outbreak information for your location, including both influenza and the swine flu. Free. iOS, Android.
Resources selected by Linda Johnsen, Health Sciences Library, UNC-Chapel Hill,
Last reviewed April 6, 2018