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Nurs Clin North Am. 2019 Jun;54(2):227-243. doi: 10.1016/j.cnur.2019.02.009.

Seasonal Influenza (Flu).

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Michigan State University, College of Nursing, 1355 Bogue Street, A126 Life Science Building, East Lansing, MI 48824-1317, USA. Electronic address: keilman@msu.edu.

Abstract

Seasonal influenza, or flu, is an airborne respiratory virus that occurs every year in the fall to early spring in the United States. The virus is highly contagious and symptoms can run from mild to severe. In some populations (very young, individuals with chronic comorbid conditions, immunocompromised individuals of all ages, pregnant women, and frail older adults), the virus can lead to increased morbidity and mortality. In a majority of cases, seasonal influenza is preventable through safe and readily available vaccinations.

KEYWORDS:

Influenza prevention; Management recommendations; Seasonal influenza; Special populations

PMID:
31027663
DOI:
10.1016/j.cnur.2019.02.009
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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