As fall approaches, so does the cold and flu season. Influenza (better known as the "seasonal flu") is caused by a virus. The virus is spread by coughing, sneezing or being in close contact with someone who is infected.
In 1918, the Spanish Flu epidemic took the lives of more than 50 million people. Today, more than 5 million flu cases are reported worldwide with thousands of deaths each year. These statistics are especially frightening for the elderly who have more compromised immune systems resulting in more serious cases of the disease. Secondary infections, such as pneumonia, are responsible for most of the flu deaths each year.