Influenza

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.
Types of Influenza

Influenza is caused by three types of RNA viruses called influenza types A, B and C (considered different genera), which all belong to the family Orthomyxoviridae. The disease, colloquially called "flu" in humans, is generally caused by the viruses A and B, which are transmitted by aerosols from infected individuals or via close contact with infected animals.

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Curcumin nanosystems could be powerful COVID-19 therapeutics

Curcumin nanosystems could be powerful COVID-19 therapeutics

Obese or overweight patients at high risk for having worse COVID-19 outcomes

Obese or overweight patients at high risk for having worse COVID-19 outcomes

UGA receives NIH contract to establish the Center for Influenza Disease and Emergence Research

UGA receives NIH contract to establish the Center for Influenza Disease and Emergence Research

Researchers identify two distinct phenotypes of COVID-19-associated ARDS

Researchers identify two distinct phenotypes of COVID-19-associated ARDS

Study observes neurological and psychiatric outcomes in recovered COVID-19 patients six months post-infection

Study observes neurological and psychiatric outcomes in recovered COVID-19 patients six months post-infection

Future attempts to reduce Covid-19 spread should focus on tackling airborne transmission

Future attempts to reduce Covid-19 spread should focus on tackling airborne transmission

Allometric model shows human travel is closely related to spread of COVID-19

Allometric model shows human travel is closely related to spread of COVID-19

NIAID establishes a network of research sites to study influenza outbreaks

NIAID establishes a network of research sites to study influenza outbreaks

SARS-CoV-2 mutations impact T-cell recognition of virus

SARS-CoV-2 mutations impact T-cell recognition of virus

Researchers develop model for SARS-CoV-2 fusion intermediate that helps membrane fusion

Researchers develop model for SARS-CoV-2 fusion intermediate that helps membrane fusion

Alpaca nanobodies effective against South African SARS-CoV-2 variant

Alpaca nanobodies effective against South African SARS-CoV-2 variant

ACE2 homology in laboratory and wild animals

ACE2 homology in laboratory and wild animals

Could Zebrafish larvae be a novel animal model for SARS-CoV-2?

Could Zebrafish larvae be a novel animal model for SARS-CoV-2?

Children less likely to spread SARS-CoV-2 than adults

Children less likely to spread SARS-CoV-2 than adults

Broadly cross-reactive antibody to SARS-CoV-2 RBD with robust resistance to mutational escape

Broadly cross-reactive antibody to SARS-CoV-2 RBD with robust resistance to mutational escape

P681 mutation has little impact on transmissibility in the SARS-CoV-2 UK variant, finds study

P681 mutation has little impact on transmissibility in the SARS-CoV-2 UK variant, finds study

COVID19's cytokine storm ushers in a local complement storm in the lungs

COVID19's cytokine storm ushers in a local complement storm in the lungs

Little evidence of COVID-19 vaccine nationalism in public opinion

Little evidence of COVID-19 vaccine nationalism in public opinion

COVID-19 antibodies persist in breast milk for months following mother’s vaccination

COVID-19 antibodies persist in breast milk for months following mother’s vaccination

$15.7 million NIMH grant to renew UC Davis Conte Center studying the origins of mental illness

$15.7 million NIMH grant to renew UC Davis Conte Center studying the origins of mental illness