Flu Facts

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

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