Donate to Flu Research, Patient Care and Education

Every year, nearly 36,000 people die from complications related to influenza, or “the flu.” Generally, flu symptoms can be debilitating for two or even three weeks, but they usually resolve within that time frame. People typically come down with the flu between October and April, although the virus can strike at any time. The flu virus mutates every year, and, as new strains of the flu emerge, new vaccines must be developed. 

Northwestern Medicine is committed to protecting the health of individuals, and the public at large, by providing flu vaccines every year; by raising awareness of the virus and its symptoms; and by helping individuals affected by the flu to take necessary steps to recover from the virus. By making a donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, you will help the physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals at Northwestern Medicine to continue to provide essential vaccinations, information and support to patients and members of the community.

There are three types of the influenza virus, known as “type A,” “type B” and “type C.” Of these three types, the most mild is type C, while types A and B are much more serious and cause epidemics of illness virtually every year. Influenza types A and B pose a serious public health risk; in contrast, type C does not significantly affect public health because of its more mild nature. 

The flu may present with a variety of symptoms, including a fever over 100 degrees, headache, extreme fatigue, a dry cough and a very sore throat, as well as a runny nose, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Children, adults older than age 65 and individuals with compromised immune systems are at the greatest risk of contracting the flu. Other individuals at increased risk include pregnant women, organ transplant recipients and people with cancer, heart disease and other acute illnesses. While people in these at-risk groups must make it a priority to get a flu vaccine every year, the fact is that every person can benefit from an annual flu vaccine.  Northwestern Medicine emphasizes the importance of the flu vaccine in protecting both an individual’s health and the public health, and encourages everyone to be vaccinated and to take other prevention-related steps, such as washing hands thoroughly.

Flu Research, Patient Care and Education Donation

With the support of your contribution to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, the physicians, nurses and staff at Northwestern Medicine will be able to continue their efforts to inform people about the flu; to implement effective prevention strategies, such as vaccinations; and to treat those affected by the virus. Your generosity will help to keep our communities as healthy as possible during flu season and all throughout the year.