Flu Epidemic Sweeping Across U.S.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declared the increase of flu cases across the U.S. an epidemic. However it isn’t just the number of flu cases that has the CDC alarmed, but the severity of cases. While many people overcome the flu on their own, a particular strand of flu spreading across the nation this year is known for being particularly dangerous.
Flu Season Started Early This Year
The CDC reported flu season started about a month early this year, with the most common strain being Influenza H3N2. Influenza H3N2 has been uncommon in recent years, but its resurgence is dangerous. Influenza H3N2 is known for causing greater numbers of hospitalizations and deaths, and this year is no exception. In the first month of 2018, over 20 people across the U.S. died from the flu. While babies, the elderly, or individuals with health problems are at a greater risk of serious injury from the flu, anyone can suffer serious complications.
Don’t Minimize Your Symptoms
For many people, simple over the counter medications and bed rest is the best way to beat the flu. However, considering the severity of the flu epidemic this season, anyone experiencing flu symptoms should see a doctor, particularly if flu symptoms came on very quickly. Doctors can prescribe medications that can help prevent serious flu complications.
Know Your Rights As A Patient
Although the flu is easy to diagnose and treat, some patients will suffer serious complications as a result of the actions or inactions of their doctor. Like other people, doctors might not always take each flu case as seriously as they should. If you feel like your doctor is not addressing your concerns, you should immediately seek a second opinion. Some individuals will need more than standard medical treatment to fight the flu. If doctors fail to administer appropriate care in a timely manner, they can be held legally responsible.
Flu Misdiagnosis In Philadelphia Hospitals
There is no excuse for a low standard of care. If you or someone you love suffered injuries as the result of hospital negligence or a flu misdiagnosis in a Philadelphia hospital, the experienced lawyers at Lopez McHugh LLP can help you understand your options. Call us today for a free, no obligation consultation to discuss your case.