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What the Flu Does to Your Body, and Why It Makes You Feel So Awful

Every year, from 5 to 20 percent of the people in the United States will become infected with influenza virus. An average of 200,000 of these people will require hospitalization and up to 50,000 will die. Older folks over the age of 65 are especially susceptible to influenza infection, since the immune system becomes weaker with age. In addition, older folks are also more susceptible to long-term disability following influenza infection, especially if they are hospitalized.

We all know the symptoms of influenza infection include fever, cough, sore throat, muscle aches, headaches and fatigue. But just what causes all the havoc? What is going on in your body as you fight the flu?

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 What the Flu Does to Your Body, and Why It Makes You Feel So Awful

I am a researcher who specializes in immunology at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, and my laboratory focuses on how influenza infection affects the body and how our bodies combat the virus. It's interesting to note that many of the body's defenses that attack the virus also cause many of the symptoms associated with the flu.

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Flu News Europe

Joint ECDC-WHO/Europe weekly influenza update.


Tracking Infectious Diseases since 2006.

Influenza Report

A medical textbook that provides a comprehensive overview of influenza

Immunization Action Coalition

The Immunization Action Coalition works to increase immunization rates and prevent disease by creating and distributing educational materials for health professionals and the public that enhance the delivery of safe and effective immunization services.

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases

Influenza: consumers, health professionals, media forum, vaccine for kids


Influenza (the flu) is serious. Each year in the United States, on average: More than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications; 36,000 people die from flu.


Learn more about infectious diseases like the flu and our work to help treat them.


Mission of WHO is to contribute to reducing death and disease due to annual influenza epidemics and prepare for the next influenza pandemic.

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