The flu? No big deal ... Or is it? Actually, influenza – commonly called the "flu" – can be a pretty serious illness. According to the Centers for Disease Control, compared with other viral respiratory infections – such as the common cold – infection from the "flu" often causes a more severe illness.
In an average year, influenza is associated with about 36,000 deaths nationwide and many more hospitalizations. Even less serious cases of influenza can keep individuals – both young and old – from work and school for up to several days.
Wondering if what you have is the flu or a cold? Up in the middle of the night with a sick child? Being sick or trying to care for a sick loved one can be stressful but finding the right care or treatment shouldn’t be. Our symptom checker can help you find the right care. Start now.