Flu in Adults
Flu in Adults Overview
Influenza (flu) is an acute infection of the airway tract in the nose and throat that can sometimes spread down into the lungs. It is the most frequent cause of acute respiratory illness and can affect people of all ages. It occurs every year mainly in late fall and early winter and in a widespread fashion, affecting many people of different ages at the same time. The peak season for the flu in the northern hemisphere is from November through March.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/18/2014
Steven Fine, MD, PhD
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Influenza virus infection, one of the most common infectious diseases, is a highly contagious airborne disease that causes an acute febrile illness and results in variable degrees of systemic symptoms, ranging from mild fatigue to respiratory failure and death.