Sunday, January 13, 2013

Seasonal Flu: Secondary Infections to blame for flu deaths

By: Kayla Bremer
Doctors say secondary infections are to blame for the two flu–related deaths reported in Lancaster County.
It's the most cases doctors have seen at this time of year in more than a decade.  For most, the flu causes a miserable couple of days but some are at risk for secondary infections.
The most common are sinus infections and bronchitis, but doctors are most worried about pneumonia.
"If you feel like you're getting worse instead of better, that's the time to let somebody know," Dr. Thomas Martin said.  "Check it out further to determine if you may be getting a secondary problem."
Dr. Martin says most people can tolerate the illness, but for some with weak immune systems, it can be deadly.
"Fortunately your not very likely to get secondary complications but the concerns are the very young and the very old and people with underlying problems such as asthma or emphysema."


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