Don?t mess around with flu

Flu is a serious disease that can lead to complications such as pneumonia and even death, according to the Kansas Depart?ment of Health and Environ?ment.

Symptoms of the flu include fever, headache, extreme tiredness, dry cough and muscle aches.

Complications can include pneumonia, ear and sinus infections, dehydration and worsening of other chronic conditions.

Some people, such as pregnant women, are at particularly high risk for the negative complications from flu. When an expecting mother is vaccinated, protection occurs for both the mother and unborn child.

Anyone caring for, or in contact with, an infant less than 6 months of age should be vaccinated since these babies are too young to be vaccinated themselves and are vulnerable to complications from influenza. Also, health-care workers should be vaccinated in order to reduce the risk of spreading the flu virus to the people in their care.