Treatment: Influenza is easily treated with prescription medications called "antiviral drugs." These drugs are not over-the-counter, and you must be prescribed by a doctor for them. If you think you have the flu, antiviral medications is your best bet. Getting the flu vaccine is a great help to prevent you from getting seasonal flu.
Prognosis: The flu has symptoms much more severe than the common cold, but most people recover within 1-2 weeks. The main danger with the flu is the chance of developing other life-threatening things like pneumonia.
- There are nearly 4,600 deaths per year in the U.S. that start from influenza.
- 49% of children ages 1-17 years old have gotten the flu vaccine within the last 12 months.
- Around 3 million people in the U.S. get influenza every year.
Citation: "Key Facts About Influenza (Flu)." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 25 Aug. 2016. Web. 04 May 2017.
"Influenza." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 06 Oct. 2016. Web. 04 May 2017.