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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.
Adding hope to health messages may help promote preventative actions, researchers say

Adding hope to health messages may help promote preventative actions, researchers say

First African child vaccinated with new typhoid conjugate vaccine

First African child vaccinated with new typhoid conjugate vaccine

Immune history influences person's response to flu vaccine

Immune history influences person's response to flu vaccine

Loyola Medicine primary care physician offers advice to minimize risk of flu

Loyola Medicine primary care physician offers advice to minimize risk of flu

Researchers develop sensing method for early detection of cancer and diabetes

Researchers develop sensing method for early detection of cancer and diabetes

Study provides new insights on why healthy children die from flu

Study provides new insights on why healthy children die from flu

Hand hygiene-intervention practices may reduce risk of infection among nursing home patients

Hand hygiene-intervention practices may reduce risk of infection among nursing home patients

Flu raises risk of heart attacks

Flu raises risk of heart attacks

Kids under two at greater risk of flu related death

Kids under two at greater risk of flu related death

Far-UVC light may offer solution to eradicating airborne flu viruses

Far-UVC light may offer solution to eradicating airborne flu viruses

Smart thermometer can improve forecasting of influenza activity

Smart thermometer can improve forecasting of influenza activity

Special protein improves survival and lung function of mice with influenza, study shows

Special protein improves survival and lung function of mice with influenza, study shows

New FluChip-8G technology could aid in pandemic preparedness

New FluChip-8G technology could aid in pandemic preparedness

Sports beverages not recommended for illness-related dehydration

Sports beverages not recommended for illness-related dehydration

Study paves new way for development of vaccines against epidemics

Study paves new way for development of vaccines against epidemics

New study reveals an association between flu and heart attack

New study reveals an association between flu and heart attack

Universal vaccine produces long-lasting immunity against influenza A viruses in mice

Universal vaccine produces long-lasting immunity against influenza A viruses in mice

Study illustrates role of specific antibodies in protection against influenza

Study illustrates role of specific antibodies in protection against influenza

Anti-inflammatory pill could help make vaccines more effective for the elderly

Anti-inflammatory pill could help make vaccines more effective for the elderly

Older hospitalized patients less likely to be tested for influenza

Older hospitalized patients less likely to be tested for influenza