The deadly flu season that is getting out of control
The flu-related hospitalization cases rate has been surprisingly higher than other previous years. With more than 11,000 confirmed patients and the deaths of 37 children in the United States, it’s believed that people have been putting their health at risk while avoiding the doctor’s office or not being able to get tested by their doctors.
When you think about it, as much as fever and aches may feel terrible, most people don’t die from the flu. So how exactly, does this common illness is leading to our nation to so many deaths? Studies reflect that influenza and its complications commonly affect people who are 65 and older. However, young children and people who have an underlying illness, such as heart disease, lung disease or diabetes, are susceptible to dying from the flu as well. There are 3 ways an adult can succumb:
- Pneumonia: is an infection that causes the small air sacs of the lungs to fill with fluid or pus. Though this is the most common route to death, flu can be fatal for more unusual reasons.
- Sepsis: The symptoms we experience are an inflammatory response to the immune system “soldiers” that our body sends to fight any pathogen. Flu stimulates an immune response in everyone’s body, but for some people, this natural response can be “overwhelming.
- Heart attack: Chances of a heart attack are increased six fold during the first seven days after a flu infection. Since a few days usually elapse between getting sick and getting a lab test, the increased risk is probably within the first 10 days or so after exposure to the virus.
Children in the developed world may not face such high risks, but they are still vulnerable if they develop flu. This is something to be taken seriously. The flu shot is admittedly imperfect, but there are still benefits. “If you get the vaccine and you have a flu-like illness, it’s likely the illness is less severe,” he said. “Data show you’re less likely to get pneumonia and less likely to die.”
If a child, especially a small one, becomes sick, parents should visit a doctor or health care provider who may prescribe medication.
Whenever you find yourself with any of the following symptoms, your best outcome is to visit your doctor’s office and get the right medical prescription to fight against the flu.
- Shivering, fever or very cold
- Extreme pain or general discomfort (worst ever)
- Pale or discolored skin
- Sleepy difficult to wake up confused
- I feel like I might die
- Short of breath
Visit your doctor at the Family Practice Center and get treated as soon as possible.