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Influenza, or the flu, is a respiratory disease caused by a virus that attacks the nose, throat, and lungs. It can be mild, but is sometimes more severe and, at times, can lead to death.
Influenza is not the same as the "stomach flu."
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These symptoms come on quickly and can be severe, keeping you in bed for several days.
Yes! Everyone 6 months of age and older should be vaccinated every year. Getting a flu shot helps protect you from getting the flu and prevents you from passing it to other people.
Those who are most at risk of catching the flu include:
Although these people are at highest risk, anyone can become very sick with flu.