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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COVID-19 mitigation efforts significantly decrease influenza activity

COVID-19 mitigation efforts significantly decrease influenza activity

Experimental cancer drug inhibits SARS-CoV-2 virus, VCU study finds

Experimental cancer drug inhibits SARS-CoV-2 virus, VCU study finds

Flu vaccine does not increase a person's COVID-19 risk, finds study

Flu vaccine does not increase a person's COVID-19 risk, finds study

CDC updates coronavirus guidelines to recognize airborne spread

CDC updates coronavirus guidelines to recognize airborne spread

COVAM assay may help select convalescent plasma units for treatment of  acute COVID-19

COVAM assay may help select convalescent plasma units for treatment of acute COVID-19

In vitro testing suggests effective novel drug combinations for SARS-CoV-2

In vitro testing suggests effective novel drug combinations for SARS-CoV-2

Researchers try and pop SARS-CoV-2 with an AFM tip - virion surprisingly resilient

Researchers try and pop SARS-CoV-2 with an AFM tip - virion surprisingly resilient

S-pseudotyped VLPs offer promising COVID-19 vaccine platform

S-pseudotyped VLPs offer promising COVID-19 vaccine platform

Optimal antibody combinations and Fc binding inhibit SARS-CoV-2 in vivo

Optimal antibody combinations and Fc binding inhibit SARS-CoV-2 in vivo

Azelastine antihistamine inhibits SARS-CoV-2 infection in nasal tissue in vitro

Azelastine antihistamine inhibits SARS-CoV-2 infection in nasal tissue in vitro

SARS-CoV-2 with D614G mutation is prevalent in central India

SARS-CoV-2 with D614G mutation is prevalent in central India

Tough to tell COVID from smoke inhalation symptoms — and flu season’s coming

Tough to tell COVID from smoke inhalation symptoms — and flu season’s coming

Can amodiaquine short circuit this pandemic?

Can amodiaquine short circuit this pandemic?

Circadian rhythm affects SARS-CoV-2 infection and host immune response

Circadian rhythm affects SARS-CoV-2 infection and host immune response

Keto diet could be beneficial for elderly COVID-19 patients

Keto diet could be beneficial for elderly COVID-19 patients

Children's Hospital Los Angeles is U.S. site for new study of SARS-CoV-2 spread within households

Children's Hospital Los Angeles is U.S. site for new study of SARS-CoV-2 spread within households

Should a COVID-19 vaccine be mandatory for children?

Should a COVID-19 vaccine be mandatory for children?

Potential sea animal reservoirs for coronaviruses?

Potential sea animal reservoirs for coronaviruses?

Climatic changes may potentially impact COVID-19 pandemic

Climatic changes may potentially impact COVID-19 pandemic

Middle-aged adults may be in a perpetual state of H3N2 flu virus vulnerability

Middle-aged adults may be in a perpetual state of H3N2 flu virus vulnerability