There are 3 types of influenza viruses that cause the flu, types A, B, and C. According to WebMD, “Type A and B viruses cause the large seasonal outbreaks. Type C usually causes milder respiratory symptoms. While the flu vaccine can help protect you from types A and B, there is no immunization for type C virus.”
According to the CDC, ”People with flu can spread it to others up to about 6 feet away. Most experts think that flu viruses are spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.”
Take the bus? The train? Make sure you wash your hands! Did you just cough? Just remove your contacts? Wash your hands! Keeping your hands clean helps protect you against germs and bacteria’s that cause the flu. Note: If you don’t have soap and water use anti-bacterial hand gel or alcohol based hand rub.
According to WebMD, “Type A flu viruses are also found in many different animals, including ducks, chickens, pigs, whales, horses, and seals. Type B viruses only affect people.”