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.
The World Health Organization has released a global plan to fight influenza, describing it as its most comprehensive to date. One goal is to prepare for an inevitable next flu pandemic.
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?
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.
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.
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