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death associated with influenza usually occurs with an infection with the normal floral microbe, staphylococcus pneumoniae...correct?

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Dr. Larry Lutwick
48 years experience Infectious Disease
In whom?: In the elderly and those with underlying comorbities such as chronic heart, kidney or lung disease, superinfection with bacteria causing pneumonia is common but in young otherwise healthy people, acute fulminant deaths from influenza are likely due to primary flu pneumonia.
Answered on Oct 24, 2018
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Flu deaths: Agree with Dr. Lutwick. Deaths related to influenza are due to complications such as: a secondary bacterial infection (like pneumonia) or due to worsening of pre-existing conditions (asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure or immunodeficiency, etc.)
Answered on Mar 22, 2020

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