Influenza mortality, the importance of the WHO report


According to recent reports by the World Health Organization (WHO), the death rate of seasonal influenza or the common flu is significant worldwide.

The flu is a respiratory illness caused by a virus that spreads rapidly through coughing, sneezing, and close contact with infected people.

The infection varies in severity, but every year, it affects tens of millions of people worldwide.

Although many people recover from this infection without any complications, it can cause severe illness and even death in some cases.

Importance of Flu Vaccinations

Vaccinations are an effective way to prevent the flu and minimize its effects.

They work by triggering the body’s immune system to produce defense against the flu virus.

WHO recommends that everyone aged over six months should get a flu vaccination every year, especially people who are at higher risk of developing complications from the virus.

This includes pregnant women, young children, elderly adults, and those with weakened immune systems due to chronic illnesses.

High Mortality Rates

The recent WHO reports reveal that the death rate of flu is higher than previously thought, and it is considered as one of the most significant infectious diseases worldwide, along with other notorious infections such as HIV and tuberculosis.

Influenza is responsible for an estimated 290,000 to 650,000 deaths each year, with higher rates in elderly adults and young children.

In addition, flu pandemics (global outbreaks of the flu) have been rare but can be deadly, such as the infamous Spanish flu in 1918 that killed an estimated 50 million people worldwide.

Symptoms and Complications

The flu can cause various symptoms, including fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, and fatigue.

These symptoms can range from mild to severe and can last up to two weeks.

In some cases, especially in vulnerable individuals, flu can lead to more severe complications such as pneumonia, bacterial infections, and other respiratory problems that can be life-threatening.

Preventive Measures

Apart from vaccinations, several preventive measures can help reduce the risk of contracting or spreading the flu virus.

The most effective measure is to practice good hygiene, such as washing hands frequently, covering your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, and avoiding close contact with people who are sick.

Additionally, staying home when you are sick can prevent the spread of the virus to others.


In summary, the importance of the flu has been reaffirmed by the recent WHO reports.

The flu is a severe viral infection that affects millions of people worldwide each year, and its mortality rate is more significant than previously thought.

Vaccinations are the most effective preventive measure against the flu, and everyone should get vaccinated, especially high-risk individuals.

Additionally, practicing good hygiene and taking preventive measures can reduce the spread of the virus and minimize its effects.

It is essential to take flu seriously and take appropriate and timely action to ensure our and others’ health and well-being.