Flu fighters

  • Updated: October 28, 2008 - 9:53 PM

WAY MORE THAN A COLD

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza

viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, including fever and headaches, and sometimes deadly complications such as pneumonia.

BY THE NUMBERS

On average, 5 percent to 20 percent of the U.S. population gets the flu each year, and about 36,000 people die. This year, federal officials recommend the flu vaccine for most kids between 6 months and 19 years.

ROLL UP YOUR SLEEVE

Go to www.mdhflu.org, click on "find a flu shot clinic" and type in your ZIP code. Visit www.mvna.org. Or call your doctor's office, clinic or county health department.

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