Can You Die From The Flu?

The flu affects the nose, throat and lungs and if left untreated, in rare cases can contribute to a flu related death.  The exact number of deaths in America are unknown but it is estimated that in the fall and winter of 2017, out of about 900,000 people hospitalized, there were about 80,000 flu related deaths. See flu statistics in the centers for disease control website here.

The above are just stats from those that actually became hospitalized. Millions of people get the flu each year, only a small portion actually end up in the hospital.

Flu symptoms include…

  • Fatigue
  • Body Aches
  • Coughing
  • Sore Throat
  • Fever

The best way to protect yourself and your kids from the flu is a simple vaccine.

How Fast Can You Recover From The Flu?

Recovery is usually about 3-7 days. It can be sped up by drinking lots of water, eating lots of fruit and greens and even exercising, staying warm and sweating it out. Change your clothes and bedding frequently, drink hot tea.

If the flu lasts more than 10 days, it’s time to have a health checkup.

When Do You Need To Go To the Hospital If You Have The Flu?

The flu can sometimes evolve to a more life threatening condition like pneumonia or very rarely, lead to death. In other instances, it will go away by itself.  But sometimes the symptoms may not disappear by themselves and you may need to go to a health clinic for a checkup or a hospital for an emergency. Read more.

Are There Flu Shot Side Effects In Children?

The flu vaccine for kids has a safety record that is decent, but like most vaccines, side effects can happen with some children. The side effects linked with the nasal spray flu vaccine are almost always mild and short-lived. Read more.

Some information from the Healthline website.