Influenza or flu is unfortunately a part of life each year, here are a few facts about the flu:
According to the Centers for Disease Control:
- Each year 5 and 20% (15 – 60 million) of the U.S. population are infected with the flu virus
- More than 200,000 Americans are hospitalized because of the flu
- And an estimated 36,000 die from complications of the flu
- You can infect others with the flu one day before showing symptoms and up to 7 days after getting sick
- Over the past 25 years, February has been the heaviest month for flu activity; flu season is traditionally winter in the northern hemisphere
- There are three types of flu - A, B and C.
o Type A and B cause the annual seasonal epidemics among humans.
o Type C traditionally causes a mild respiratory infection