Every year, 10 percent to 20 percent of Americans get sick
with the flu (influenza). For most of us, the fever, exhaustion, and aches
and pains of the flu can be debilitating for a week or two, but for the
elderly and those with compromised immune systems the flu can be much more
serious. An estimated 100,000 hospitalizations and about 20,000 deaths
occur each year from the flu or its complications.
following pages, you can learn facts about the flu, find out how to tell
the difference between a cold and the flu, follow new research that
increases our understanding of this disease, and find links to other
related information and organizations.
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Diseases does not assume responsibility for information obtained beyond
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