Flu Shots - Next Big Influenza Outbreak
Influenza is an acute (abrupt) respiratory disease. It is highly contagious and is now very much a disease of global importance.
The word "influenza" is menacing to those who know of the great pandemics of this century. These pandemics have occurred for centuries, three times -- 1918, 1957 and 1968 -- in the 20th century alone. The infamous "Spanish flu" of 1918 was responsible for more than 20 million deaths, primarily among young adults.
A pandemic is an epidemic, a sudden outbreak, that becomes extremely widespread and affects a whole region, an entire continent, or the world.
Why Worry About Getting the Flu?
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (the CDC) has estimated the possible effects of the next influenza pandemic in the United States. Using death rates, hospitalization data, and outpatient visits, the CDC estimates there may be:
- Allergic Skin Disorders
- Bacterial Skin Diseases
- Bites and Infestations
- Diseases of Pigment
- Fungal Skin Diseases
- Medical Anatomy and Illustrations
- Noncancerous, Precancerous & Cancerous Tumors
- Oral Health Conditions
- Papules, Scales, Plaques and Eruptions
- Scalp, Hair and Nails
- Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
- Vascular, Lymphatic and Systemic Conditions
- Viral Skin Diseases
- Additional Skin Conditions