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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.
NIAID announces two awards for the study of influenza immunity in kids

NIAID announces two awards for the study of influenza immunity in kids

Scientists identify target to ‘tone down’ hyper-active immunity to influenza infection

Scientists identify target to ‘tone down’ hyper-active immunity to influenza infection

Researchers map virulence factor of influenza A virus in real-time

Researchers map virulence factor of influenza A virus in real-time

Scientists develop single vaccination approach to combat influenza and pneumococcal infections

Scientists develop single vaccination approach to combat influenza and pneumococcal infections

Naturally occurring human antibody reveals hidden weakness in influenza virus

Naturally occurring human antibody reveals hidden weakness in influenza virus

Study provides insight on how two proteins help influenza A virus to fight its way to cells

Study provides insight on how two proteins help influenza A virus to fight its way to cells

Online intervention lowers mothers' intentions to visit primary care clinician for respiratory tract infection

Online intervention lowers mothers' intentions to visit primary care clinician for respiratory tract infection

Low humidity could be flu virus' best friend

Low humidity could be flu virus' best friend

Probiotic-derived molecule optimizes the immune system to combat viral inflammatory diseases

Probiotic-derived molecule optimizes the immune system to combat viral inflammatory diseases

Harvard scientists uncover key mechanism that allows viruses to replicate

Harvard scientists uncover key mechanism that allows viruses to replicate

Study finds a downward trend in cancer screening when patients see doctors later in the day

Study finds a downward trend in cancer screening when patients see doctors later in the day

Australian doctors are overprescribing flu antivirals, study reveals

Australian doctors are overprescribing flu antivirals, study reveals

Researchers develop smart pill bottle to keep drugs safe

Researchers develop smart pill bottle to keep drugs safe

RIT faculty-researcher develops microfluidic device for early detection of Ebola virus

RIT faculty-researcher develops microfluidic device for early detection of Ebola virus

$30 million federal grant to accelerate chase for universal influenza vaccine

$30 million federal grant to accelerate chase for universal influenza vaccine

Scientific evidence for and against causal associations for 47 adverse effects after immunization

Scientific evidence for and against causal associations for 47 adverse effects after immunization

Study: Caregivers of children may be vaccine hesitant and have inaccurate beliefs

Study: Caregivers of children may be vaccine hesitant and have inaccurate beliefs

Researchers examine the barriers to vaccination in immunocompromised children

Researchers examine the barriers to vaccination in immunocompromised children

Febrile seizures following vaccination are self-resolving and not dangerous

Febrile seizures following vaccination are self-resolving and not dangerous

Study shows how elderberry fruit can help fight against influenza

Study shows how elderberry fruit can help fight against influenza