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, which all belong to the family Orthomyxoviridae.

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Impact of an individually tailored educational application on vaccine attitudes of pregnant women and mothers

Impact of an individually tailored educational application on vaccine attitudes of pregnant women and mothers

How SARS-CoV-2 immune responses vary by population due to environmental and genetic factors

How SARS-CoV-2 immune responses vary by population due to environmental and genetic factors

Large COVID vaccination study found that thrombosis and thrombocytopenia are very rare complications

Large COVID vaccination study found that thrombosis and thrombocytopenia are very rare complications

Could mRNA vaccines triumph over other viral infections in humans and domestic animals?

Could mRNA vaccines triumph over other viral infections in humans and domestic animals?

SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant tends to spread more easily among children than prior strains

SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant tends to spread more easily among children than prior strains

Researchers uncovers a link between D-amino acids and severe viral infection

Researchers uncovers a link between D-amino acids and severe viral infection

Are nasal-spray vaccines the solution to respiratory infectious diseases?

Are nasal-spray vaccines the solution to respiratory infectious diseases?

All trimesters of pregnancy carry the same COVID-19 risk

All trimesters of pregnancy carry the same COVID-19 risk

Multivalent mRNA-based vaccine may serve as a preventative measure against future flu pandemics

Multivalent mRNA-based vaccine may serve as a preventative measure against future flu pandemics

The potential of Sofosbuvir against COVID-19 neurological symptoms

The potential of Sofosbuvir against COVID-19 neurological symptoms

New approach may serve as the basis for universal flu vaccines

New approach may serve as the basis for universal flu vaccines

All eligible people urged to get vaccinated due to higher rates of flu cases than usual

All eligible people urged to get vaccinated due to higher rates of flu cases than usual

Study suggests the behavior of an emergent SARS-CoV-2 variant may be sensitive to the immunologic and demographic context of its location

Study suggests the behavior of an emergent SARS-CoV-2 variant may be sensitive to the immunologic and demographic context of its location

Study shows clear shifts in SARS-CoV-2 mutational spectrum during evolution

Study shows clear shifts in SARS-CoV-2 mutational spectrum during evolution

Effects of implemented vaccine rollout strategies on spread of SARS-CoV-2, subsequent global burden of disease, and emergence of novel variants

Effects of implemented vaccine rollout strategies on spread of SARS-CoV-2, subsequent global burden of disease, and emergence of novel variants

Approved and developing passive and active immunizations against respiratory syncytial virus in childhood and pregnancy

Approved and developing passive and active immunizations against respiratory syncytial virus in childhood and pregnancy

The biological properties of the SARS-CoV-2 E protein in the context of HIV-1

The biological properties of the SARS-CoV-2 E protein in the context of HIV-1

America's health care organizations remind the public about vaccinations and early treatment for COVID-19, influenza

America's health care organizations remind the public about vaccinations and early treatment for COVID-19, influenza

The Native Antigen Company introduces new range of influenza antigens

The Native Antigen Company introduces new range of influenza antigens

WHO‒recommended alcohol-based hand rub formulations show efficacy against Monkeypox virus

WHO‒recommended alcohol-based hand rub formulations show efficacy against Monkeypox virus