Most years the flu peaks between December and January, but according to the Centers for Disease Control, this year it’s peaking in February. When we’re talking about the flu we’re talking about influenza, a virus, and not the “stomach flu” which is usually caused by bacterial infection.
The Flu Center is a one-stop shop for information about the flu, including the most important information: should you go to school? If you like some science with your viruses, diseases, and conditions, NPR has a great visual explanation
Thanks to advances in medicine, the flu isn’t life-threatening in most cases in this country, but that wasn’t always the case. About 100 years ago millions of people died in a pandemic that swept the United States, and from that pandemic doctors and scientists learned a lot about how to battle the flu. You can pretend you are one of those scientists and try your hand at predicting the next flu strains and creating a vaccine. If you want to know more about what causes a pandemic, here’s an explanation involving people, pigs, and ducks.