Influenza: How to prevent and treat a serious infection
This fall is different than any other before it. Back-to-school is different, professional and college sports are different, and many of the seasonal rituals are upended thanks to COVID-19. But what isn't different is the return of influenza or the flu. The flu is more than a bad cold. Although many people who get the flu recover with rest and fluids, thousands of Americans die from this illness each year, and millions are sick enough to miss work or school. Influenza is serious — but it can be prevented and treated.
Learn more about the flu virus and how to protect yourself
- 10 flu myths
- How long does the flu last?
- How to boost your immune system
- Time for flu shots — getting one is more important than ever!
- Did you get your flu shot yet?
- COVID-19 or something else?
- Flu shot may lower risk of early death in people with high blood pressure
- Allergies? Common Cold? Flu? Or COVID-19?
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