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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.
Viruses live in our environment year-round, UCLA specialist says

Viruses live in our environment year-round, UCLA specialist says

JAX researchers explore how dendritic cells promote adaptive immunity to virus

JAX researchers explore how dendritic cells promote adaptive immunity to virus

Scientists develop novel DNA-based strategy to protect against broad array of influenza viruses

Scientists develop novel DNA-based strategy to protect against broad array of influenza viruses

Zika: costs of prevention and control

Zika: costs of prevention and control

New technique can help predict and combat potential pandemic virus

New technique can help predict and combat potential pandemic virus

Study finds link between social support and self-care behaviors in adults with COPD

Study finds link between social support and self-care behaviors in adults with COPD

Study develops dissolvable microneedle patches for administering influenza vaccine

Study develops dissolvable microneedle patches for administering influenza vaccine

Bandage-strip sized microneedle patches can transform flu vaccination method

Bandage-strip sized microneedle patches can transform flu vaccination method

Researchers study Lassa fever patient's immune response and viral persistence

Researchers study Lassa fever patient's immune response and viral persistence

Scientists develop new algorithm to decipher how immune system recognizes and binds antigens

Scientists develop new algorithm to decipher how immune system recognizes and binds antigens

Mutations identified that enable human transmission of avian flu

Mutations identified that enable human transmission of avian flu

New TSRI study could have implications for development of flu vaccines, drug therapies

New TSRI study could have implications for development of flu vaccines, drug therapies

Researchers identify key Lassa virus structure using powerful Argonne X-rays

Researchers identify key Lassa virus structure using powerful Argonne X-rays

New biosensor technology could be used in wearable devices to monitor health

New biosensor technology could be used in wearable devices to monitor health

New OpenArray system offers simultaneous detection of pathogens in blood samples

New OpenArray system offers simultaneous detection of pathogens in blood samples

New discovery provides explanation for preterm infants' susceptibility to lung diseases later in life

New discovery provides explanation for preterm infants' susceptibility to lung diseases later in life

Obese people twice as likely to develop influenza despite getting flu shots

Obese people twice as likely to develop influenza despite getting flu shots

TSRI study reveals first-ever structure of Lassa virus protein

TSRI study reveals first-ever structure of Lassa virus protein

Canines in Florida are hit with a contagious dog flu strain

Canines in Florida are hit with a contagious dog flu strain

Real-time imaging of influenza infection in mice can be promising evaluation tool

Real-time imaging of influenza infection in mice can be promising evaluation tool