Influenza

What is Influenza?

Influenza is an acute viral infection of the respiratory tract which is considered to be one of the life-threatening infectious diseases. In certain countries, seasonal influenza affects up to 40% of the population every year, with the worldwide death toll of 500 million people. The virus can be transmitted by direct contact with infected individuals, via contaminated objects (also called fomites) and by inhalation of virus-laden aerosols.

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Coronavirus is deadlier than flu with seniors at highest risk

Coronavirus is deadlier than flu with seniors at highest risk

Research reveals new pathogenic mechanism for influenza NS1 protein

Research reveals new pathogenic mechanism for influenza NS1 protein

Effectiveness of travel bans to control infectious disease outbreaks is mostly unknown

Effectiveness of travel bans to control infectious disease outbreaks is mostly unknown

Antibiotic resistance poses a growing risk during pandemics

Antibiotic resistance poses a growing risk during pandemics

Facts vs. fears: Five things to help weigh your coronavirus risk

Facts vs. fears: Five things to help weigh your coronavirus risk

Coronavirus spread will remain under control and specific groups should not be stigmatized, urges microbiologist

Coronavirus spread will remain under control and specific groups should not be stigmatized, urges microbiologist

MGH researchers uncover potential antiviral drug target for treating infectious diseases

MGH researchers uncover potential antiviral drug target for treating infectious diseases

PolyU develops fully automated, rapid diagnostic platform for detecting respiratory infectious diseases

PolyU develops fully automated, rapid diagnostic platform for detecting respiratory infectious diseases

Blue Water Vaccines enters into agreement to develop Streptococcus pneumoniae vaccine with St. Jude

Blue Water Vaccines enters into agreement to develop Streptococcus pneumoniae vaccine with St. Jude

Five-year $3.7 million dollar grant supports research on evolution of viruses

Five-year $3.7 million dollar grant supports research on evolution of viruses

Coronavirus - pandemic or not?

Coronavirus - pandemic or not?

CDC diagnostic coronavirus test gets FDA emergency approval

CDC diagnostic coronavirus test gets FDA emergency approval

Novel tool monitors influenza A virus mutations in real time

Novel tool monitors influenza A virus mutations in real time

Key changes to Adult and Child Immunization schedule for 2020

Key changes to Adult and Child Immunization schedule for 2020

Epiglottitis linked to teenager's use of e-cigarettes

Epiglottitis linked to teenager's use of e-cigarettes

Unveiling the structure of the influenza virus

Unveiling the structure of the influenza virus

Coronavirus could be dangerous for vulnerable populations, says UGA epidemiologist

Coronavirus could be dangerous for vulnerable populations, says UGA epidemiologist

Communicating effectively about coronavirus outbreak can be tricky

Communicating effectively about coronavirus outbreak can be tricky

China reports H5N1 bird flu in Hunan amid coronavirus crisis

China reports H5N1 bird flu in Hunan amid coronavirus crisis

First exposure to influenza virus dictates our lifelong ability to fight flu

First exposure to influenza virus dictates our lifelong ability to fight flu