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Influenza

17 videos
Most people have had the flu virus at least once in their lives, and it’s usually not a pleasant experience… Fight back with some good information! Learn about typical flu symptoms (and how tell it apart from the cold), and how the flu virus invades your cells to cause disease. Finally, learn how flu vaccines may help prevent you from getting sick, and how we can test and treat the flu just in case you get really ill. Stay healthy, my friends!

What is the flu?

VIDEO 12:47 minutes
Learn the difference between the cold and the flu, and how we sometimes can get fooled by viruses! Rishi is a pediatric infectious disease physician and works at Khan Academy. These videos do not provide medical advice and are for ...

Catching and spreading the flu

VIDEO 10:53 minutes
Find out how the flu spreads from person to person, and who is at the greatest risk of getting complications of the flu. Rishi is a pediatric infectious disease physician and works at Khan Academy. These videos do not provide medical ...

When flu viruses attack!

VIDEO 7:13 minutes
Learn how flu viruses get into and out of your cells using Hemagglutinin and Neuraminidase proteins on their surface. Rishi is a pediatric infectious disease physician and works at Khan Academy. These videos do not provide medical advice ...

Three types of flu

VIDEO 8:16 minutes
Learn about the three types of influenza virus (Type A, Type B, and Type C) and what makes them differ from one another. Rishi is a pediatric infectious disease physician and works at Khan Academy. These videos do not provide medical ...

Naming the flu: H-something, N-something

VIDEO 9:54 minutes
We've all heard of H1N1 or H3N2; now you can understand what all of those names mean and find out why they are helpful in keeping track of the different flu virueses! Rishi is a pediatric infectious disease physician and works at Khan ...

Testing for the flu

VIDEO 8:58 minutes
Learn when testing for influenza makes sense, and the most common test that is used. Rishi is a pediatric infectious disease physician and works at Khan Academy. These videos do not provide medical advice and are for informational ...

Antiviral drugs for the flu

VIDEO 13:49 minutes
Rishi is a pediatric infectious disease physician and works at Khan Academy. These videos do not provide medical advice and are for informational purposes only. The videos are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical ...

Genetic shift in flu

VIDEO 7:42 minutes
Find out how the genetic material in the Type A flu virus can get shuffled around to create brand new types of viruses! Rishi is a pediatric infectious disease physician and works at Khan Academy. These videos do not provide medical ...

Flu vaccine efficacy

VIDEO 9:47 minutes
Find out just how useful the flu vaccine actually is at preventing the flu! Rishi is a pediatric infectious disease physician and works at Khan Academy. These videos do not provide medical advice and are for informational purposes only. ...

Flu shift and drift

VIDEO 7:44 minutes
Learn how Type B Influenza virus has genetic drift, whereas Type A Influenza virus has genetic drift AND shift. Rishi is a pediatric infectious disease physician and works at Khan Academy. These videos do not provide medical advice and ...

Two flu vaccines (TIV and LAIV)

VIDEO 10:53 minutes
Understand the differences between TIV (dead virus) and LAIV (alive, but weakened virus) and who should get which one. Rishi is a pediatric infectious disease physician and works at Khan Academy. These videos do not provide medical ...

Flu vaccine risks and benefits

VIDEO 12:56 minutes
Learn about some of the common and uncommon risks and benefits associated with the flu vaccine! Rishi is a pediatric infectious disease physician and works at Khan Academy. These videos do not provide medical advice and are for ...

Making flu vaccine each year

VIDEO 9:17 minutes
Learn about how the flu vaccine is made every year and how they name the strains that they put inside. Rishi is a pediatric infectious disease physician and works at Khan Academy. These videos do not provide medical advice and are for ...

5 common flu vaccine excuses

VIDEO 7:59 minutes
Many people choose to avoid the flu vaccine each year. Review five popular excuses, and how they relate to common misunderstandings about the flu. Rishi is a pediatric infectious disease physician and works at Khan Academy. These videos ...

Vaccines and the autism myth - part 1

VIDEO 9:51 minutes
The infamous Wakefield study kickstarted the Autism Myth, but many studies have since shown that there is no link between the MMR Vaccine and autism. Find out how it all got started. Rishi is a pediatric infectious disease physician and ...

Vaccines and the autism myth - part 2

VIDEO 9:01 minutes
The infamous Wakefield study kickstarted the Autism Myth, but many studies have since shown that there is no link between the MMR Vaccine and autism. Find out how it all got started. Rishi is a pediatric infectious disease physician and ...

Flu surveillance

VIDEO 14:22 minutes
Find out how many people get hospitalized and die from the flu each year, and learn how we can use the internet to keep tabs on the flu! Rishi is a pediatric infectious disease physician and works at Khan Academy. These videos do not ...