Influenza - Prognosis

Healthy people under the age of sixty-five seldom experience serious, long-term consequences from a flu infection. Older people and people who are chronically ill are at risk for secondary infections, but they often recover from the flu quickly and completely. The high recovery rate from influenza should not be misleading. The infection can still be very serious. About 1 in 1,000 cases will actually lead to the patient's death.

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