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alocal lady has passed from the flu. DIdnt say much other than that. I know alot of facts play in that but what are some of hte reasons you DIE from the flu???<br><br>
And what do you do to avoid it.<br><br>
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Hi, Amy:<br><br>
Yes, flu can be deadly, mainly in young children, the elderly, and others with compromised immune systems. Death can be from dehydration, as mentioned, but it also can be due to one of the many possible complications of influenza. These include influenza pneumonia, secondary bacterial pnuemonia, and pericardititis. It can also worsen chronic illnesses such as congestive heart failure, emphysema, asthma, and diabetes.<br><br>
Due to the CDC's complicated reporting, it's hard to really say how many people actually die in the US every year from the flu. The CDC says it is 20,000 on average, but this is disputed.<br><br>
From a comment in the British Medical Journal: <a href="http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/331/7529/1412?ijkey=FXyhZx2lyNbaVLE&keytype=ref" target="_blank">Are US flu death figures more PR than science?</a><br><span style="color:#0000FF;">US data on influenza deaths are a mess. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) acknowledges a difference between flu death and flu associated death yet uses the terms interchangeably. Additionally, there are significant statistical incompatibilities between official estimates and national vital statistics data. Compounding these problems is a marketing of fear—a CDC communications strategy in which medical experts "predict dire outcomes" during flu seasons.</span><br><br>
As for prevention, there's one obvious option that I won't mention as it's not in accord with MDC ideals. Personally, I think that proper handwashing, covering one's nose and mouth while sneezing/coughing (not by using your hand), and avoiding public places as much as possible when one is ill would do much to lessen infection rates. Once one is infected, plenty of fluids and rest are obvious measures to take. There are also antivirals available that can lessen the length of time one has the symptoms of flu and is shedding the virus. Studies show that these also help in preventing infection.<br><br>
The bottom line is that it is extremely uncommon for adults or school-aged kids without underlying medical conditions to die from the flu.
 
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