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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.
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

Mutations in gene that enables memories, sense of direction can contribute to schizophrenia symptoms

Mutations in gene that enables memories, sense of direction can contribute to schizophrenia symptoms

Influenza experts examine evolution of avian disease

Influenza experts examine evolution of avian disease

Antimicrobial copper products for patient safety to be displayed at Arab Health

Antimicrobial copper products for patient safety to be displayed at Arab Health

Fraunhofer scientists develop new method to irradiate pathogens using low-energy-electrons

Fraunhofer scientists develop new method to irradiate pathogens using low-energy-electrons

Scientists unravel new genetic immunodeficiency that makes children vulnerable to mild illnesses

Scientists unravel new genetic immunodeficiency that makes children vulnerable to mild illnesses

Research shows role played by PAMPs in immune system signaling and response

Research shows role played by PAMPs in immune system signaling and response

Important vaccines that should not be missed by adults, elders and pregnant women

Important vaccines that should not be missed by adults, elders and pregnant women

Antivirals that block influenza can also inhibit Zika virus infection, study shows

Antivirals that block influenza can also inhibit Zika virus infection, study shows

Mass livestock production could lead to human pandemics, expert says

Mass livestock production could lead to human pandemics, expert says

Study finds that T cells play important role in control of Zika infections

Study finds that T cells play important role in control of Zika infections

Could pathogen infection really lead to Alzheimer’s?

Could pathogen infection really lead to Alzheimer’s?

S. pneumoniae uses hosts' immune defenses to spread infection, study reveals

S. pneumoniae uses hosts' immune defenses to spread infection, study reveals

Sudden drop in temperature kickstarts flu and other respiratory tract infections

Sudden drop in temperature kickstarts flu and other respiratory tract infections

Princeton University researchers find disparity in hospital admission rates for publicly insured children

Princeton University researchers find disparity in hospital admission rates for publicly insured children

Common viruses pose serious challenges in long-term care facilities

Common viruses pose serious challenges in long-term care facilities

Elevated levels of brain protein linked to longer recovery period after concussion

Elevated levels of brain protein linked to longer recovery period after concussion

Researcher develops innovative way to turn common surgical masks into virus killers

Researcher develops innovative way to turn common surgical masks into virus killers

Monthly high dose of vitamin D lowers respiratory infections in older adults

Monthly high dose of vitamin D lowers respiratory infections in older adults