Flu Basics

How risky is the flu? How good is the vaccine? Will the vaccine prevent me from getting sick?

Getting Flu Shot
Toby Talbot -- AP
LONDON -- An expert panel commissioned by the World Health Organization to investigate its handling of the swine flu pandemic has slammed mistakes made by the U.N. body and warned tens of millions could die if there is a severe flu outbreak in the future.
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