Each year, up to 36,000 people die each year from flu-related complications, and more than 200,000 people require hospitalization. If you are a young child, have a weak immune system (due to HIV or medication), or are elderly (age 50 or older), you are more susceptible to catching the flu. Other people susceptible to catching the flu, or have to be extra careful include the following:
If you do develop flu, you are more likely to develop the following:
But how can you know if you are experiencing a case of the flu or other illness? Learn to identify the symptoms of flu by reading the Flu Symptoms section that follows. For more information regarding duration of flu symptoms, read on.