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let's imagine that this is you and you are headed home for the holidays so you board a plane and you notice while you're on this plane that the people around you are pretty sick the guy next to you looks like he has a fever maybe the flight attendant is coughing so you head on home and although you're excited to see everybody in your family you are feeling completely rundown and so you decide to head to bed and hopefully you'll feel better tomorrow unfortunately you don't feel better the next day you have a very high fever you don't even have the strength to get out of bed for a few days and when you finally start to feel better you notice that you're not the only person in your house who's sick your dad is sick your mom is sick as well maybe some of your siblings you call your best friend they are sick and their entire family is sick maybe you talk to a neighbor and someone on your street you learn has died from this illness and news reports say that this is not unique to your town but it's happening all over the state and all over the country now this is a really scary situation but unfortunately it's not one that is out of the realm of possibility in 1918 and 1919 this was a particularly bad influenza season in fact it was so bad that it led to approximately fifty to a hundred million deaths worldwide and this is a pretty famous picture from that era of a makeshift hospital there were so many sick people during this flu season that hospitals couldn't provide enough beds and resources for the patients who needed it even during a so-called regular flu season every year the influenza virus causes a lot of damage flu is a top-ten killer in the United States and it leads to approximately 200,000 hospitalizations every year due to complications of the influenza virus in addition to the 200,000 hospitalizations that we have every year in this country approximately twenty to forty thousand people die every single year 20,000 to 40,000 deaths on an annual basis so you can see that influenza is not something to be taken lightly but can can lead to very serious consequences but luckily there is something that can be done in fact there's something that you can do about this as someone who's learning this training you're learning how to vaccinate people in your community the modern influenza vaccine is approximately 70% effective in preventing influenza infection and so this is a great way to help prevent illness and death