Why the Flu is Common, Deadly, and Underappreciated

Influenza doesn’t get the respect it deserves among infectious diseases, perhaps because we live through a flu season every year. Each winter, the flu is responsible for about 40,000 deaths across the United States, mostly among the elderly and very young. This season is rapidly developing into one of the most severe in recent years with the number of diagnosed flu cases running about twice last year’s level. Patients with respiratory symptoms have been crowding into emergency rooms and some schools have temporarily closed because a quarter of the students are ill. Influenza is highly contagious – easily transmitted through… Full Story