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Impact of the Flu

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The flu isn’t always thought of as a serious or life-threatening illness. Because of the dangers and complications influenza can have in older adults, children, and people with health problems, the perception of flu severity is changing.

Annual outbreaks of seasonal flu usually occur during the fall through early spring. In a typical year, approximately 5%-20% of the population gets seasonal flu, which is a serious disease that can cause illness, hospitalization, and death. In fact, between 3,000 and 49,000 people die from flu-related causes annually. A seasonal flu vaccine and prescription flu medications can help you be prepared.

Flu Complications

Each flu season, different flu viruses spread and affect people differently based on their body’s ability to fight infection.

Even healthy children and adults can get very sick from the flu and spread it to friends, coworkers, and family members.

Each year an average of 20,000 children under the age of 5 are hospitalized due to flu-related complications. A prescription flu medication may help make your child feel better and get better sooner — it may also mean the difference between having a milder version of the flu versus a very serious one that could result in a trip to the hospital. Ask your doctor about prescription flu medicines that are approved for children.

Emergency Warning Signs in Adults

Emergency Warning Signs in Children