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A security official stands guard as an ambulance arrives with a patient to the Infectious Disease Centre of Princess Margaret Hospital on January 22, 2020 in Hong Kong.

The flu is a far bigger threat to most people in the US than the Wuhan coronavirus. Here’s why.

Five people in the US have been diagnosed with the coronavirus that originated in China. Since October, up to 20,000 Americans have died of influenza.
Microscopic view of a coronovirus, whose name comes from the crown shape surrounding the virus.

The last time China was hit by a deadly illness like the Wuhan virus, it covered it up and 774 people died. There are fears it could happen again.

China tried to cover up the deadly SARS virus in 2003, and observers are closely watching China as it deals with a new virus outbreak.
The healthcare community is slowly, but surely, pushing for vaccines that are egg-free, latex-free, and mercury-free.

How the flu vaccine is made

There are more than 100 national influenza centers in more than 100 countries collecting and analyzing influenza virus strains for the next vaccine.
Infants are more likely to be hospitalized for the flu.

When infants can get the flu shot

Infants are more likely to be hospitalized or die from the flu, so it's important that all infants at least 6 months old get their flu shot.
Yes, you can get the flu more than once a year but it's almost never the same strain of virus.

Yes, you can you get the flu more than once a year

Type B flu is unusually common this season. If you've been infected with type B flu, you're still susceptible to contracting type A and vice versa.
The flu vaccine can take the average healthy adult's immune system up to two weeks to build up enough antibodies for protection.

Yes, you can still get the flu after a flu shot

There are a lot of ways you can get the flu after a flu shot including you got the shot too early or you caught the virus shortly after vaccination.
A nurse prepares a flu shot in Atlanta.

A 4-year-old girl in Iowa went blind after the flu caused a rare disease to impair her brain function

Jade DeLucia did not get vaccinated. Her parents are now speaking out about the importance of an annual flu shot.
Google cofounder Larry Page.

Google billionaire Larry Page has been quietly funnelling money into flu vaccination initiatives

The Google co-founder is reportedly funneling money towards a program that offers free flu shots to Oakland schoolchildren.

The best humidifiers

A humidifier is helpful when the air is dry or when you're suffering from illness or lack of sleep. These are the best humidifiers you can buy.
Contact your veterinarian immediately if your pet shows signs of the flu.

Yes, you can infect your pet with the flu. Here’s what to do about it.

The flu virus mainly infects warm-blooded mammals and birds, which means dogs and cats are susceptible but lizards and turtles are not.