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Flu (Orthomyxovirus)


This adorable microbe may not look too tough, but don't let the cuteness fool you! When the flu shows up you're in for a lousy time. GIANTmicrobes Flu provides a hands-on way to learn all about this illness, how it impacts your health and how to prevent getting sick.

Our cuddly, memorable Flu makes a great get well gift for sick friends and family, and an educational way to say “feel better soon!” An educational tool for doctors, patients, nurses, public health enthusiasts and anyone with a healthy sense of humor. Includes an educational card with fascinating facts about the Flu.

Size: 5 x 3 x 2”


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Sizes Giantmicrobes are based on actual microbes, cells, organisms and other critters, only 1,000,000 times actual size!
Gigantic (GG) 16-24"
XL (XL) 10-15"
Original (PD) 5-8"
Keychain (KC) 2-4" with clip
Materials Plush from all new materials. Stuffed with polyester fiber fill. Surface washable: sponge with water & soap, air dry.
Packaging Each plush microbe includes a printed card with fun, educational and fascinating facts about the actual microbe or cell.
Safety Every product meets or exceeds U.S. and European standards for safety. For ages 3 and up.

All about Flu (Orthomyxovirus)

FACTS: The flu, a.k.a. influenza, is a respiratory infection caused by strains of orthomyxoviridae. The word "influenza" comes from the Italian word for influence – back when the stars were thought to influence the start of an epidemic!

Every year 5% - 40% of the population gets the flu. Fortunately, most people recover completely in a couple of weeks. Even more fortunately, since there are only about a dozen different flu viruses, vaccines have been developed that can be up to 90% effective in preventing infection in the first place.

These vaccines, or "flu shots," are best taken in the fall before the flu season starts, since it can take several weeks for them to become fully effective. (However, since eggs are used to make the vaccines, people who are allergic to eggs should not get the shots.)

In 1918, before there were any vaccines, there was a worldwide pandemic of Spanish flu. Twenty million people were killed. Maybe today we should thank our lucky stars for the vaccines!

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