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Influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccination each year. Every year in the United States, on average 5% to 20% of the population gets the flu; more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications, and; about 36,000 people die from flu-related causes. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications.
Duke scientists use mathematical tools to track how microbial evolution unfolded

Duke scientists use mathematical tools to track how microbial evolution unfolded

Resurgent outbreak of avian influenza underscores need for control efforts at animal source

Resurgent outbreak of avian influenza underscores need for control efforts at animal source

Empathy of sick people may be crucial to ending infectious disease outbreaks

Empathy of sick people may be crucial to ending infectious disease outbreaks

Alere i RSV test receives FDA CLIA waiver for detection of RSV infection in children, adults

Alere i RSV test receives FDA CLIA waiver for detection of RSV infection in children, adults

Study finds vaccines to be successful in preventing pandemic flu

Study finds vaccines to be successful in preventing pandemic flu

Patients more likely to get vaccinations when physicians make appointments, study finds

Patients more likely to get vaccinations when physicians make appointments, study finds

Flu can cause worse symptoms in people with asthma, research shows

Flu can cause worse symptoms in people with asthma, research shows

Common cold virus can cause deadly pneumonia in transplant patients, study shows

Common cold virus can cause deadly pneumonia in transplant patients, study shows

High-dose flu vaccine appears to be effective at preventing post-influenza deaths among older adults

High-dose flu vaccine appears to be effective at preventing post-influenza deaths among older adults

Genetic variation may be reason for overreaction of immune system to viruses

Genetic variation may be reason for overreaction of immune system to viruses

SBP researchers identify new regulator of innate immune response to foreign invaders

SBP researchers identify new regulator of innate immune response to foreign invaders

First breath of newborn shapes lifelong immunological milieu of lungs

First breath of newborn shapes lifelong immunological milieu of lungs

Rutgers researcher to play key role in federal project aimed at designing TIPs to fight influenza virus

Rutgers researcher to play key role in federal project aimed at designing TIPs to fight influenza virus

Vitamin D supplements protect against cold and flu, study finds

Vitamin D supplements protect against cold and flu, study finds

FDA approves new drug to treat adults with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis

FDA approves new drug to treat adults with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis

Sunburn and mosquito bites may ruin spring vacation in tropical locales

Sunburn and mosquito bites may ruin spring vacation in tropical locales

Using common pain relievers during acute respiratory infection linked to increased heart attack risk

Using common pain relievers during acute respiratory infection linked to increased heart attack risk

NIH awards grant to UND study that focuses on early formation of cancer-causing viruses

NIH awards grant to UND study that focuses on early formation of cancer-causing viruses

Alternative influenza vaccine may provide clinical benefits and cost savings, study suggests

Alternative influenza vaccine may provide clinical benefits and cost savings, study suggests

New research exposes cellular responses linked to bird flu vaccine

New research exposes cellular responses linked to bird flu vaccine