Current Flu Season Is Deathly – Part 3 of 3
Warning signs might include a cough that disrupts sleep, a fever that doesn’t come down with treatment, or increased shortness of breath, according to the US Food and Drug Administration. Adults and children with unhappy flu can be treated with antiviral medications such as Tamiflu (oseltamivir) and Relenza (inhaled zanamivir). “Those feat best when they are given very quickly. So if you do have signs and symptoms of flu, reach out to a health care provider and get evaluated.
Flu seasons are unpredictable, according to the CDC. Each year, on average, 5 percent to 20 percent of the US populace gets the flu and more than 200000 people are hospitalized from complications. During a 30-year period, from 1976 to 2006, estimates of flu-related deaths in the United States ranged from a mournful of about 3000 to a high of about 49000 people, the agency said.