Flu can be serious: Even though they share some of the same symptoms, flu is no common cold. Each year within the U.S., hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized by flu and thousands die from it. Certain people are at a higher risk. These include young children, adults over 50 and people with chronic illness, such as diabetes, HIV, heart, kidney or lung disease.
The flu virus spreads easily: When a person with the flu sneezes, coughs, talks or laughs, "droplets" of the flu virus can spread into the air and surfaces up to six feet away. The flu virus can live on these surfaces up to 48 hours, and can be transferred to your hands if you touch them. If you then touch your eyes, nose or mouth, you can become infected. Click here to read more:
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