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Safety Tips: Seasonal and Pandemic Flu

Seasonal flu is a contagious respiratory disease that is caused by influenza viruses. It occurs every year and can cause serious illness and even death Seasonal flu is usually not severe in most people, because they are already partly protected by having had a similar flu virus before.

Pandemic flu is different and can be much worse. It can cause a worldwide outbreak of a new form of the flu virus, which spreads easily from person to person because they have no immunity. Because the new pandemic flu virus would be able to travel easily from person to person, it could spread quickly over long distances to millions of people worldwide.