Yes, get flu vaccine. Yes, you can die from the flu. I assume when you say flu you mean influenza. There are vaccines to prevent influenza such as the flu shot and the intranasal flu vaccine (flumist). They have been proven to reduce the frequency of death from influenza. I recommend the vaccine for my patients even when they say, "i've gotten the flu shot for the last three years and every year I got really sick! ".
Yes. The flu can rarely be very severe and fatal especially in very young, very old or those with compromised immune function.
Influenza Deaths. 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.)
Heart/lung. Disease and infection like viral myocarditis and viral pneumonia.
When you get a severe case of the flu requiring hospitalization, what are the major complications that cause death? Even in healthy adults. Just curiou
Influenza. Superimposed bacterial pneumonia can kill even the healthiest person in the right situation. Bronchitis and asthma flare-ups can also cause serious health concerns.
Extremely rare. Death due to pneumonia, with or without influenza, is extremely rare at your age, assuming proper diagnosis, medical care, and antibiotic treatment if recommended by your doctor. Pneumonia deaths are pretty much limited to frail elderly persons and others with severe health problems like bad malnutrition, cancer, AIDS, etc. Follow your doctor's advice and all will be well. Good luck!
How effective is the flu shot for this years flu season? When can we expect the flu season to die down/be over?
About 60% reduction in doctor visits for Influenza Like Illness. The H3N2 virus predominant this year is antigenically different than the one in the vaccine. The last time this happened was in 2007-8 and vaccine effectiveness was 43% then. Usually activity drops off about Week 13 which is usually the end of March. Thanks for trusting HealthTap!
I think I have the flu but not sure, I keep feeling dizzy and sick. I have a rash on my arm and neck. My doctor before said it was stress. Death?
As above. Make sure u see u physician for evaluation and work up, and if not satisfied with him / her see a different one for second opinion.
Death? NO! This doesn't sound like influenza, which typically won't cause a rash. You should see your doctor again. If you're feeling stressed, it may help to talk to a therapist as well. That said, there is probably something going on causing the rash and other feelings, so revisit your doc and ask some more questions. Good luck. I wish you the best of health.