What is the flu?
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 Influenza is by getting a flu vaccination each year.

Every year in the United States, an average of 5-20% of the population gets the flu; more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from Influenza complications, and about 36,000 people die from it. Some people, such as the elderly, young children, and people with certain health conditions are at high risk for serious Influenza complications.

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1. Are indoor pools safe in a thunderstorm?
2. Is it really necessary to evacuate a swimming pool when lightning threatens?
3. What is the difference between seasonal flu and stomach flu?
4. How can I prevent influenza?
5. How does Influenza (flu) spread?
6. What are some complications that can result from Influenza?
7. What is the flu?
8. What if my child did not get her shots when she was supposed to, or has gotten behind schedule?
9. Why are infant and childhood immunizations so important?