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Unformatted text preview: usually reserved for epidemic or pandemic episodes where virulence and mortality are high. Prognosis Influenza's effects are much more severe and last longer than those of the common cold. Most people will recover completely in about one to two weeks, but others will develop life-threatening complications (listed above). Influenza can be deadly, especially in the young old, or chronically ill. People who are immunosuppressed, such as people with advanced HIV infection or transplant patients (whose immune systems are medically suppressed to prevent transplant organ rejection), suffer from particularly severe disease. Other high-risk groups include pregnant women and young children. Prevention Influenza can be primarily prevented by ensuring contact with infected individuals is kept to a minimum, coughs and sneezes are covered and hands are washed regularly. Vaccination can help prevent susceptible individuals from picking up the influenza virus....
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