Sunday, October 23, 2011

About Influenza

About Influenza
Influenza is a serious respiratory illness that is easily spread and can lead to severe complications, even
Each year in the U.S., 5 to 20 percent of the population gets the flu and an average of 226,000 people are
hospitalized from flu-related complications.5
Depending on virus severity during the influenza season, deaths can range from 3,000 to a high of about
49,000 people.5
¾ Combined with pneumonia, influenza is the nation’s eighth leading cause of death.6
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