What is the Flu and What Can be Done to Prevent It

An article from the UVM Health Network 2019 Flu Education series

With Kathy Mariani, MD, University of Vermont Health Network Medical Group
UVM Medical Center Family Medicine, South Burlington


Influenza, or the flu, is a viral infection that affects 5 percent to 20 percent of the US population every year. That’s up to 60 million people. With this many people affected each year, it’s good to know how to reduce your chances of getting the flu, such as making sure you get your annual flu vaccine.

To tell us more about what happens when you get the flu, and how to reduce your chances of getting it we have Dr. Kathy Mariani, Medical Director at Family Medicine South Burlington at the UVM Medical Center.

Click below to hear the interview with Kathy Mariani, MD.