Story by: Maggie Roetker on February 6, 2018
It has been a bad year for the flu. Just ask Wanda Blanford, who has been at Norton Hospital for three days. Influenza triggered her chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and caused atrial fibrillation.
Blanford’s illness came on quickly and started as chills and fever. Within a day she began having trouble breathing.
“I’ve never had the flu before,” Blanford said. “It’s not fun, I tell you. It’s very scary.”
With more than half of flu season yet to go, here are a few tips we’ve learned from this year’s outbreak to keep you and your loved ones healthy:
“If you see a doctor regularly for a health issue, such as lung, heart, liver or kidney disease, or if you’re immunocompromised, you are at a greater risk of severe influenza,” said Paul Schulz, M.D., system epidemiologist, Norton Healthcare. “Infants and the elderly also are at greater risk.”
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