Yes ‘tis the season to be sneezing. Flu season is upon us once again, and with with the H1N1 epidemic in recent years, people are more concerned than ever. The African American community is at particularly high risk for complications from a flu epidemic as evidenced by the 2009-2010 H1N1 outbreak. Some states reported that up to 35% of their hospitalized flu victims were African American. It is also estimated that of the total deaths associated with flu in 2009, almost 20% were black children. It is necessary that we all understand the flu virus, its effects, and how you can decrease your risk of serious illness in order to lessen the devastating impact that influenza has in our community.