This Year's Flu and You: What You Need to Know

M.A., Health Writer

Question 1 of 10

If you haven't gotten a flu shot already, it's too late for one to make any difference in your health.

ATrue
BFalse
ATrue
BFalse
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Question 2 of 10

Flu activity — meaning the flu is still making people sick — lasts only from November to February.

ATrue
BFalse
ATrue
BFalse
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Question 3 of 10

For the period Oct. 1 through Dec. 30, 2017, the CDC "characterized" 686 influenza viruses — and that's a lot of viruses. Characterization helps assess how one virus is related to another virus. Which of these influenza viruses did the agency NOT characterize?

A100 influenza H1N1
B410 influenza H3N2
C176 influenza B
D378 influenza F
A100 influenza H1N1
B410 influenza H3N2
C176 influenza B
D378 influenza F
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Question 4 of 10

This most troublesome flu virus now is the H1N1 virus.

ATrue
BFalse
ATrue
BFalse
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Question 5 of 10

Which of these groups of people are more at risk from the flu and its complications?

AOlder people
BVery young children
CPregnant women
DPeople with certain long-term health complications
EAll of the above
AOlder people
BVery young children
CPregnant women
DPeople with certain long-term health complications
EAll of the above
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Question 6 of 10

Flu shots aren't really necessary.

ATrue
BFalse
ATrue
BFalse
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Question 7 of 10

Which of these happens when you get the flu?

AFlu infects your respiratory tract.
BYour immune system goes into attack mode.
CYou develop inflammation that triggers cough, sore throat, fever, and muscle and body aches.
DSecondary ear and sinus infections can occur, or more serious conditions such as pneumonia or even death.
EAll of the above.
AFlu infects your respiratory tract.
BYour immune system goes into attack mode.
CYou develop inflammation that triggers cough, sore throat, fever, and muscle and body aches.
DSecondary ear and sinus infections can occur, or more serious conditions such as pneumonia or even death.
EAll of the above.
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Question 8 of 10

I'm not sure I have the flu. I understand I can have a flu test to know for sure.

ATrue
BFalse
ATrue
BFalse
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Question 9 of 10

You can take actions to prevent flu from spreading. Which of these is NOT effective?

AAvoid close contact with sick people, and if you're sick, limit contact with others.
BStay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone.
CUse plenty of cough drops to curb your cough.
DAvoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, and wash hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer.
EClean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may harbor flu germs.
AAvoid close contact with sick people, and if you're sick, limit contact with others.
BStay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone.
CUse plenty of cough drops to curb your cough.
DAvoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, and wash hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer.
EClean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may harbor flu germs.
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Question 10 of 10

So, remind me again why I should get a flu shot?

AIf you're in an at-risk group, it can save your life.
BIf you're not, it can keep you from feeling miserable, missing work, and missing fun with family and friends.
CIt's not all about you: vaccines protect people around you who matter to you.
DAll of the above.
AIf you're in an at-risk group, it can save your life.
BIf you're not, it can keep you from feeling miserable, missing work, and missing fun with family and friends.
CIt's not all about you: vaccines protect people around you who matter to you.
DAll of the above.
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