• By April Josselyn

As Influenza Peaks Late, Learn the ABCs to Stay Healthy

March 8, 2016

INFLUENZA-ABCs-640x360ROCHESTER, Minn. — Influenza is a serious viral infection that causes illness, hospitalizations and thousands of deaths every year in the U.S. Mayo Clinic recommends getting a vaccine each year to prevent illness and protect the people around you.

To learn more about influenza, the Mayo Clinic Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology and its reference laboratory Mayo Medical Laboratories have developed “The ABCs of Influenza” flash cards. These flash cards include information about influenza symptoms, types of vaccines, who is more susceptible to illness, and other important facts.

MEDIA CONTACT: Gina Chiri-Osmond, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, email: newsbureau@mayo.edu

“With some simple facts about influenza and an annual vaccine, individuals will be doing the most they can to reduce their chances of becoming ill from influenza,” says Matthew Binnicker, Ph.D., director of the Clinical Virology Laboratory at Mayo Clinic. “Our new online flash cards explain from A to Z what a person needs to know about influenza.

“And, even though this influenza season is off to a slow start, everyone 6 months of age or older should still get the vaccine,” adds Dr. Binnicker.

About Mayo Medical Laboratories/Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
The Mayo Clinic Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology and its reference laboratory Mayo Medical Laboratories provide advanced laboratory testing and pathology services to support 5,000 health care organizations around the world. Revenue from this testing is used to support medical education and research at Mayo Clinic, a nonprofit worldwide leader in medical care, research and education for people from all walks of life. Complemented by collaborations with diagnostic and biotechnology companies, the department maintains a robust diagnostic test development program, launching more than 150 new tests each year.

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About Mayo Clinic
Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit organization committed to medical research and education, and to providing expert, whole-person care to everyone who needs healing. For more information, visit http://www.mayoclinic.org/about-mayo-clinic or http://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/.

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