Colds And Flu

Flu Terms

Seasonal (or common) flu is a respiratory illness that can be transmitted person to person. Most people have some immunity, and a vaccine is available.

Pandemic flu is virulent human flu that causes a global outbreak, or pandemic, of serious illness. Because there is little natural immunity, the disease can spread easily from person to person.

Colds and Flu — In The News
Bird Flu Spreads Across China, Posing Threat to People: Report Mar 11, 2015

WEDNESDAY, March 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Avian flu, commonly called "bird flu," is gaining strength in China and has the potential to emerge as a life-threatening virus for humans across the globe, a new report suggests. In the year since avian flu first surfaced in China, it has... Read More


Seniors Bear Brunt of This Flu Season Mar 5, 2015

THURSDAY, March 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- As the flu season continues to wind down, it's increasingly clear that older Americans have been hit particularly hard, federal health officials reported Thursday. Not only did record numbers of seniors wind up in the hospital due to the flu, but "this age... Read More


Typical Adult Over 30 Gets Flu Twice Every 10 Years: Study Mar 3, 2015

TUESDAY, March 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Most people dread the flu, and many work hard to avoid it. However, a new British study finds that the typical person over 30 only gets the illness about twice every decade. "For adults, we found that influenza infection is actually much less... Read More