Flu Prevention and Treatment
The flu is a serious contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. On average, every year in the United States between 5% and 20% of the population develops the flu, leading to 200,000 hospitalizations for related complications. Deaths related to flu complications vary from year to year, but range from 3,000 to 49,000 people. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccination each year.