Saturday, August 8, 2009

Even Seasonal Flu Can Be Deadly !!!

Do you have a runny nose? Maybe even a slight fever? Feeling under the weather? All these can be signs of the seasonal flu. But don’t take this seasonal flu too lightly as it can be as deadly as any other form of sickness!

Studies have shown that there are 63,730 annual deaths for influenza and pneumonia (NVSR Sep 2001); estimated 20,000 deaths from flu (NIAID). It is also the 7th leading cause of death in 1999 and 2000 is "pneumonia/influenza." (CDC)

Flu-related deaths can result from pneumonia and from exacerbations of cardiopulmonary conditions and other chronic diseases. Deaths of older adults account for more than 90% of deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza.

Health is the only problem with the seasonal flu. Financial costs are also a major concern with the cost of health care and hospitalization increasing over the past few years.

There are five main options that people use to fight the flu — vaccines, antivirals, antibiotics, over -the-counter treatments, and non-medical alternatives. But of course a healthy diet and exercise are also essentials for keeping your body in tip-top shape.

For more information on how to fight the seasonal flu, visit and do your share.

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