Fight the Flu Before it Hits – Facts and Tips

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Influenza

Influenza, or the flu as it’s more commonly known, is one of the top 10 causes of death in the United States when combined with pneumonia. Despite this sobering fact, many people believe the the flu is no worse than a bad cold and not a cause for concern. Although most healthy adults can recover from the flu, not everyone does. Learning about this disease is crucial to keeping yourself and your family safe and healthy.

11Influenza: The Facts

  • The flu is primarily a respiratory virus
  • Flu season can start as early as October and last into April or May. It typically peaks in February or March
  • The flu is one of the top 10 causes of death in the United States
  • 90 percent of deaths from the flu occur in adults over the age of 65
  • An estimated 250,000 to 500,000 people die worldwide each year from the flu
  • Only 40 percent of Americans got a flu shot last year, despite the fact that it is recommended for nearly everyone
  • In the 2012–2013 flu season, 90 percent of pediatric flu deaths occurred in children who had not been vaccinated
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