We talk with Dr Thomas Grünewald on the isolation ward of Leipzig's St. Georg Hospital. He treats patients who have severe cases of infectious diseases like the flu or tuberculosis.
Influenza is taking its toll on productivity, affecting schools, offices, public transportation and even professional soccer. Germany's Robert Koch Institute has already registered 136 deaths in 2018.
Public health experts have urged "everyone older than six months" to receive a vaccine. Australia has witnessed a severe flu season and one particularly virulent strain, prompting fears in Europe and the US.
Think getting the regular flu shot that's free in Germany will keep you from getting sick? Think again. There's a better one out there that experts are recommending – but it'll cost you.
It's not always easy for people to tell the difference between a cold and a flu right away. What distinguishes influenza from a common cold?
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