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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Carbon-based nanomaterials as potential COVID-19 treatments

Carbon-based nanomaterials as potential COVID-19 treatments

Essential oils from Greek herbs may protect against COVID-19

Essential oils from Greek herbs may protect against COVID-19

Near-universal adoption of masks along with public health measures could eliminate disease spread

Near-universal adoption of masks along with public health measures could eliminate disease spread

NK and T cell subsets show distinctive lung-homing receptor profiles in COVID-19 patients

NK and T cell subsets show distinctive lung-homing receptor profiles in COVID-19 patients

New SARS-CoV-2 variant emerges in the U.S.

New SARS-CoV-2 variant emerges in the U.S.

Research suggests St. John's Wort and Echinacea could protect against COVID-19

Research suggests St. John's Wort and Echinacea could protect against COVID-19

Image-based deep learning haplotype-guided study maps the global adaptation of SARS-CoV-2

Image-based deep learning haplotype-guided study maps the global adaptation of SARS-CoV-2

Can cloth masks protect healthcare professionals from SARS-CoV-2?

Can cloth masks protect healthcare professionals from SARS-CoV-2?

A snake venom enzyme shows anti-SARS-CoV-2 activity in vitro

A snake venom enzyme shows anti-SARS-CoV-2 activity in vitro

Influenza drug enisamium a potential COVID-19 treatment

Influenza drug enisamium a potential COVID-19 treatment

Moderna to develop three new mRNA-based vaccines against HIV, influenza, and the Nipah virus

Moderna to develop three new mRNA-based vaccines against HIV, influenza, and the Nipah virus

New N501 SARS-CoV-2 mutation may have been circulating in Italy since August 2020

New N501 SARS-CoV-2 mutation may have been circulating in Italy since August 2020

Study summarizes effectiveness of cloth masks in protecting clinicians from COVID-19

Study summarizes effectiveness of cloth masks in protecting clinicians from COVID-19

SARS-CoV-2 may join the ranks of mild cold-causing coronaviruses

SARS-CoV-2 may join the ranks of mild cold-causing coronaviruses

Biologists reveal unusual structure of coronavirus protein linked to immune evasion

Biologists reveal unusual structure of coronavirus protein linked to immune evasion

Scientists identify sensor in human lungs that detects SARS-CoV-2

Scientists identify sensor in human lungs that detects SARS-CoV-2

Poor gut health may adversely affect COVID-19 prognosis

Poor gut health may adversely affect COVID-19 prognosis

Researchers determine the atomic structure of protein that helps coronavirus to evade immune cells

Researchers determine the atomic structure of protein that helps coronavirus to evade immune cells

Study shows COVID-19 pneumonia is different from typical pneumonia

Study shows COVID-19 pneumonia is different from typical pneumonia

Infectious disease early warning system compensates for existing gaps in surveillance

Infectious disease early warning system compensates for existing gaps in surveillance