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Here's all you need to know about influenza around the world

Hundreds of thousands of people still die from seasonal influenza every year. Image: Pexels/Andrea Piacquadio

Saloni Dattani

Researcher, Our World in Data

Fiona Spooner

Senior Data Scientist, Our World In Data

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Graphics showing Influenza deaths in the United States.
Deaths from influenza fluctuate across the year, with large peaks in the winter. Image: Our World In Data.

A graphic showing that people born more recently have a lower risk of dying from Influenza.
The historical decline in influenza mortality has been substantial, as you can see in the chart. Image: Our World In Data.

60-year-olds have a ten times greater risk of death from influenza than 20-year-olds.
60-year-olds have a ten times greater risk of death from influenza than 20-year-olds. Image: Our World In Data.

A graphic showing global number of deaths from Influenza pandemics.
influenza viruses can also evolve with large and sudden changes. Image: Our World In Data.

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