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Ten years of worst flu raging in the United States

On March 8th, the US “Wall Street Journal” website published an article titled “The Middle Ages of the United States under the Flu”. This was the most serious flu epidemic in the United States in 10 years. Thousands of people were hospitalized with the flu and they usually seemed to be healthy. Adults are also unable to escape this robbery. Some middle-aged and middle-aged people have died of flu.

The article said that on January 29th, second-grade teacher Heather Holland returned home from work and felt a bit uncomfortable.

Heather’s husband, Frank Holland, said: “She was only a blind man that day. It sounded a bit dumb.” For a mother who has a full-time job, this discomfort is easily overlooked at first. In the next few days, Heather made several seemingly irrelevant decisions, including the fact that he did not buy prescription drugs for doctors because he was too expensive. Then, at the age of 38, she suddenly suffered a worsening condition and eventually had to be hospitalized for treatment. Her life was in critical condition. On February 4, Heather died. When she came home from work, her voice was a bit dumb, and it was only six days at the end of her life.

Heather caught up with the worst flu pandemic in the United States in 10 years, and her fight with the flu was one of the most striking cases. The flu hit the United States by surprise and the flu vaccine was so weak that it could not stop the rampant virus.

According to the article, after a few days of headache, fever, and coughing, most people’s immune system will overcome the virus and restore health. However, in 2018, thousands of Americans were hospitalized for pneumonia and other complications, including adults who did not have basic diseases and seemed to be healthy.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the hospitalization rate in the United States this winter is the highest since 2010, and the number of influenza cases reported is as high as during the 2009 global influenza outbreak.

The proportion of deaths caused by influenza and pneumonia to the total number of deaths in the United States has risen to one of the highest levels in the past few flu seasons. According to the CDC, between 12,000 and 56,000 people in the United States die from the flu each year, and it is estimated that the number of deaths during the flu season will be at the upper limit. Old people and young children are at greatest risk.

“This is not an ordinary cold,” said Tim Uyeki, chief medical officer of the CDC Flu Department.
Dr. Uyeki said that when the body’s immune system is overreacting, complications may occur because excessive immune responses can easily trigger radical inflammatory responses that lead to viral pneumonia, organ damage, or sepsis. He said that after suffering from the flu, bacteria sometimes invade the blood stream more easily, resulting in bacterial pneumonia that can cause sepsis.

In both cases, the condition of the flu patient may rapidly deteriorate with high fever, or abnormally low body temperature, and shortness of breath.

According to the CDC, the most important influenza virus in the United States this year is the menacing A/H3N2 flu. The facts of the past few weeks have proven that both A and B can pose a deadly threat.

According to studies conducted by the CDC and other countries, this year’s vaccine is not very effective, but it can reduce the flu symptoms.

Karlie Slaven’s father said that her daughter did not get a flu shot this year. He is now trying hard to advocate that people get flu shots.

In mid-January, Sleven was still taking care of her two children. Then one day, the 37-year-old executive from Plainfield, Indiana, suddenly caught the flu virus. On the second day after being diagnosed with flu, Sleven began to have difficulty breathing. For this she went to the hospital to see the emergency department. Her father, Karl Illg, said that the X-ray showed Sleven nothing. The doctor gave her medicine and she went home.

Ilger said that the son-in-law Michael Slaven was a member of the National Guard. Due to the assignment, she had to leave home at 5 am the next morning. A few hours later, Sleven sent a message to his father for help. The father said: “She really can’t speak.”

Ilger and his wife went to their daughter Sleven’s house. The wife sent her daughter to the hospital emergency room, and Ilg left behind her 11-year-old grandson and her 9-year-old granddaughter.

A few hours later, Irga’s wife called to let Ilge take the grandson to the hospital. Sleven was critically ill and her husband received a call on the way to the mission and quickly returned.

Irga said that he did not expect her daughter’s condition to deteriorate so quickly. Two days ago, it was just a common cold, and after she arrived at the hospital she could barely lift her eyelids.

The next morning, Sleven died. It was less than three days since she learned that she had the flu and died in a hurry.