Influenza (flu) is a virus that infects the respiratory system, and the spread of the it within health care settings is a huge concern.
Due to repeated exposure of the virus, one in four health care staff is estimated to be infected in any flu season. We know that health care staff transmit the virus and, as a result, put their patients at risk of developing serious complications from the flu.
People die from flu every year. Even those who were previously healthy can develop severe complications, including bronchitis, secondary bacterial pneumonia, meningitis and encephalitis; the risk is even higher in those who have other illnesses, the elderly and pregnant women.