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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.
UT Southwestern biochemist receives 2019 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences for innate immunity discovery

UT Southwestern biochemist receives 2019 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences for innate immunity discovery

New DNA vaccine strategy protects mice against lethal challenge by multiple H3N2 viruses

New DNA vaccine strategy protects mice against lethal challenge by multiple H3N2 viruses

Researchers develop new techniques for faster detection of Lyme disease bacteria

Researchers develop new techniques for faster detection of Lyme disease bacteria

NIR spectroscopy could be used to make flu vaccine manufacturing faster and more efficient

NIR spectroscopy could be used to make flu vaccine manufacturing faster and more efficient

Vaxart to present new data from Phase 2 Challenge Study of H1 influenza oral tablet vaccine

Vaxart to present new data from Phase 2 Challenge Study of H1 influenza oral tablet vaccine

Genentech announces Phase III study results of baloxavir marboxil in people at high risk of flu

Genentech announces Phase III study results of baloxavir marboxil in people at high risk of flu

Immune protein 'flutters' like a butterfly in search of viruses, finds study

Immune protein 'flutters' like a butterfly in search of viruses, finds study

Scientists investigate effect of flu-causing virus on three lung-derived cell lines

Scientists investigate effect of flu-causing virus on three lung-derived cell lines

NIAID releases strategic plan to expand knowledge of TB by using modern tools

NIAID releases strategic plan to expand knowledge of TB by using modern tools

New approach to vaccine development and improved surveillance could help target deadly diseases

New approach to vaccine development and improved surveillance could help target deadly diseases

Alexion announces positive results from Phase 3 PREVENT study of Soliris in patients with NMOSD

Alexion announces positive results from Phase 3 PREVENT study of Soliris in patients with NMOSD

Old letters provide insight into Spanish flu pandemic horror

Old letters provide insight into Spanish flu pandemic horror

CHMP issues positive opinion supporting use of Trelegy Ellipta in broader group of COPD patients

CHMP issues positive opinion supporting use of Trelegy Ellipta in broader group of COPD patients

Researchers demonstrate pre-clinical success for universal flu vaccine in new paper

Researchers demonstrate pre-clinical success for universal flu vaccine in new paper

Study: Annual wellness visits improve delivery of preventive services in elderly population

Study: Annual wellness visits improve delivery of preventive services in elderly population

Scientists better understand influenza virus and how it spreads

Scientists better understand influenza virus and how it spreads

Health care companies' data could enable more accurate flu season forecasts

Health care companies' data could enable more accurate flu season forecasts

Investigational nasal influenza vaccine tested in children and teens

Investigational nasal influenza vaccine tested in children and teens

Easy and rapid test for viral infections can cut antibiotic use, hospitalizations

Easy and rapid test for viral infections can cut antibiotic use, hospitalizations

Kids with mild or moderate adverse events following immunization can be safely reimmunized

Kids with mild or moderate adverse events following immunization can be safely reimmunized