The Herald reports on the severe flu season in Washington State which has led to five deaths in Snohomish County and 42 statewide as well as 62 hospitalizations. Recommendations to stay healthy include: Get the flu vaccine to prevent illness or lessen symptoms, wash hands often, and cover coughs and sneezes.
The article includes information from Everett Clinic Dr. Yuan-Po Tu of Walk-In Clinic care and Flu Services inlcuding when to seek medical care.
"Influenza not only causes high fever and body aches, it also can cause viral pneumonia and some patients have to be hospitalized, said Dr. Yuan-Po Tu, who tracks influenza issues at The Everett Clinic.
The influenza virus also can attach to the body's respiratory cells, making the patient more susceptible to bacterial pneumonia infections. These can occur as much as six weeks after someone is sick with the flu. “There's a delayed effect,” he said. Yet once symptoms set in, people can become ill rapidly, sometimes over a matter of hours.
People should seek medical attention if they've had a fever of more than 100.4 for more than four days. The same is true if they have a fever that goes away and comes back, which could indicate the onset of pneumonia, he said."
Read the article, "5 in Snohomish County have died during severe flu season."