The influenza problem (Video)

Published on: 20 June 2019

Dr Bram Palache explains what’s so frustrating about the flu problem.

Influenza is a highly infectious disease that usually strikes during the winter season. Globally, it causes an estimated one billion cases of influenza, resulting in 290,000 to 650,000 deaths per year. A person can get the virus simply by being near an infected person that coughs, sneezes or talks, or by touching something with the virus on it. Although everyone can be affected, some people are more at risk than others, such as the elderly, people with chronic diseases (such as heart disease and diabetes), young children, pregnant women and healthcare professionals. The most effective way to prevent the flu is vaccination.

Produced by the International Federation on Ageing with IFPMA.

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