Sunday, October 1, 2017

Video: History of the Flu

Influenza, or flu — the perennial illness hospitalizing hundreds of thousands of Americans each year — is set to wreak infectious havoc across the nation yet again. Flu season runs October through May, but health officials say the virus already started circulating in the United States last month — and this flu season promises to be a doozy. To save yourself and your family from influenza’s miserable symptoms and potentially fatal consequences, physicians urge everyone 6 months of age and older get a yearly flu shot.

In light of Influenza Awareness Day today, take a look at The History Channel’s video on the history of the flu — from the Spanish Flu pandemic in 1918, to the creation of a vaccine that plummeted the disease’s death rate, to the flu’s current incarnation as a seasonal health hazard.

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