Every year, like clockwork, the flu invades home and workplace. The flu is not just an unwelcome visitor, but is more serious than you may think. Take this quiz and learn how the flu can ruin your plans during the winter months.
What percentage of the American population gets the flu every year?
5 to 20 percent
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 5 to 20 percent of Americans get the flu every year. Health Canada estimates that 10 to 15 percent of Canadians are afflicted with the flu each year.
How many people die from the flu worldwide each year?
100,000 to 200,000 people
250,000 to 500,000 people
The World Health Organization estimates that approximately a quarter of a million to half a million people die of the flu worldwide each year. Approximately 36,000 Americans die from the flu each year.
Some people are at higher risk of developing serious health complications from the flu. Flu-related health complications include bacteria pneumonia, dehydration, sinus problems, ear infections, and worsening of pre-existing conditions such as diabetes and asthma.
What percentage of families with school-aged children are affected by the flu each year?
According to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, about one third of families with school-aged children are affected with the flu each year. School-aged children are notorious for spreading the flu virus.
How far can flu infected droplets from sneezing or coughing travel?
up to six inches
up to one foot
up to three feet
The flu is highly contagious and is spread from an infected person's coughs and sneezes. Tiny flu-infected droplets from a cough or sneeze can travel up to three feet, or one meter, before landing on a surface.
Anyone is susceptible to the flu, but certain groups are also at greater risk of experiencing complications related to the flu. Groups at risk include: children under two, pregnant women, adults over 65 years of age and anyone with a chronic health condition.
You can catch the flu from either direct or indirect contact. Someone can directly sneeze or cough germs on you or you can receive germs from touching something an infected person had previously touched, such as a door knob.