Influenza, or Flu, is a serious respiratory illness. It is easily spread from person to person and can lead to severe complications, even death. If you think you may have the flu - do not come to work or go to class and expose others.
We ALL are at risk for getting and spreading the flu. Having the flu may keep you home from work or school. If you have asthma or other lung diseases, you are at higher risk of developing complications from the flu.
Each year in the U.S., influenza and its related complications result in an estimated 226,000 hospitalizations and anywhere from around 3,000 to 49,000 deaths.
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Many people who become sick with the flu say it is like being hit by a truck. This decrease in quality of life, the shifting nature of the virus, and the danger of life-threatening complications, combine to make the flu a major public health problem.
If a person has a mild case, the flu may seem a lot like an ordinary cold. But more often, symptoms appear suddenly, and may include:
Most people recover from the flu within one or two weeks, but others, especially the elderly, may feel weak for a long time even after other symptoms go away.