The flu, or influenza, is a serious virus that makes millions of people sick every year. When combined with pneumonia (which is often a complication of the flu), it is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States. It's not just a bad cold and it's not that awful stomach virus that causes vomiting and diarrhea for a few days and then disappears. The flu is a respiratory illness that comes on suddenly and knocks you down. So what do you need to know about this all too common virus?
Find out what the flu means for you, including how the influenza virus works and what you need to do if you get it.
Did you know there is more than one type of flu? Learn about the different types of flu and how they can affect you.
Although the flu can affect anyone, it is more likely to be serious for certain groups of people. Are you at high risk for complications from the flu?
Flu symptoms are not the same for everyone. Learn about the most common flu symptoms.
When flu symptoms hit, the first thing you want to know is when they will end. Find out how long flu symptoms typically last.
Seasonal flu and stomach flu are often confused, but they actually have very little in common. Learn about the differences between the two. (Hint: this is the one that causes vomiting and diarrhea)
In 2009, the world saw its first flu pandemic in nearly four decades. Find out everything you need to know about this global outbreak of the flu and how it happened.
What You Need to Prepare for Flu Season
Get ready for flu season with this tool kit. It has everything you need to know about the flu and how to protect yourself and your family.
All the basics about the flu vaccine -- who needs it, how it works and common side effects.
If you are concerned or have questions about the flu vaccine, you will want to read this. Find out how flu shots work and what they do to protect you from influenza.
Flu shots are available at many locations, not just your doctor's office. If you don't have time to go to the doctor, you can still get a flu vaccine. See where you can go to get a flu vaccine.
The flu spreads at different rates in different areas. Track flu activity in your state to determine what your risk might be.
Many people have concerns and questions about the flu vaccine. With all of the controversy surrounding this vaccine, you need a place to find reliable answers. Get the answers to many common questions about the flu vaccine here.
Flu Vaccination Campaigns
The Faces of Influenza campaign is an effort by the American Lung Association to educate the public about the dangers of the flu. Read interviews with three of their spokespeople about this important campaign.
Treating the Flu
Get ideas for how to treat your flu symptoms if you do get it. From antivirals to at home treatments, we have all the tips you need.
While there are multiple antiviral medications on the market, only two are recommended for treating the flu in the United States. Find out more about these medications and when you might need to take them.
Sometimes the flu doesn't go away when it should, and develops into something more serious.
If you get the flu, you may need to find a health care provider in a hurry. Get some tips on how to find a health care provider when you need one.
It can be difficult to decide if your child needs to go to the doctor or not. Get some clear guidance from a prominent pediatrician about when you should take your child to the doctor.
How the Flu Has Affected You
Have you had the flu? Share your experience with the flu. What were your symptoms and how did it affect you?
The flu can last anywhere from 3 to 10 days for most people. How long did it last for you?
When kids are sick, they don't necessarily feel like laying in bed and napping all day. What do you do to keep your children entertained when they aren't feeling well?
As you can see, there is a lot of information you need to know about the flu. Make sure you take steps to prevent it. If you do get the flu, you have all the information you need right here to get through it.