@$: Flu season is almost upon us. And, it's something to be taken seriously.
According to the American College of Emergency Physicians, seasonal influenza, which is commonly known as "the flu," may affect between five to as high as 20 percent of the U.S. population depending on the year.
A more startling statistic is that more than 200,000 people are hospitalized each year for flu-related complications and about 36,000 people die each year from the flu.
Older people, young children, pregnant women and those with certain chronic health conditions are at higher risk.