Part II: The Flu

In Part I, we presented you with some of the numbers about both the seasonal flu and the H1N1 flu. Here in Part II we will take a look at the final set of statistics. Please remember getting a yearly flu vaccine can greatly reduce your chances of getting the flu. All flu statistics are courtesy of WebMD.

• The typical incubation period for the flu is one to four days. Adults can be contagious from the day before symptoms begin through five to ten days after the illness starts.

• Two antiviral drugs are approved by the FDA for use in treating or preventing the flu in the 2012-2013 flu season: Tamiflu (oseltamivir) and Relenza (zanamivir ).

• During 2009-2010, a new and very different flu virus (called H1N1, or swine flu) spread worldwide, causing the first flu pandemic, (a global outbreak of disease caused by a new flu virus) in more than forty years.

• A regular case of the flu typically resolves after three to seven days for the majority of people, although cough and fatigue can persist for more than two weeks.

• It is estimated that the H1N1 pandemic resulted in more than twelve thousand flu-related deaths in the U.S. In contrast to seasonal flu, nearly ninety percent of the deaths occurred among people younger than sixty five.

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