Every year, 200,000 people in the United States will contract the flu. About 30,000 people die from the flu a year in the United States, which is about the same number that die from motor vehicle accidents. In 1918, the “Spanish” flu caused 20 million deaths worldwide.
The word influenza comes from the Italian word for “influence”, because it was believed that the planets, stars and moon influenced the timing of the flu season.
If someone who has the flu sneezes on a table or hard surface, the virus can live between 2-8 hours.
The economic cost of the flu in the United States per year is $8.4 billion in lost worker productivity.
Getting the flu shot reduces your chance of getting the flu by 50-60%. And you can’t get the flu from the flu shot!
The flu virus under an electron microscope: