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."