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Pro Health wishes you and your family a healthy and Merry Christmas!

One of the complications from influenza is developing post-influenza pneumonia from bacteria called Staphylococcus aureus. Such an infection is better known as a staph infection. This is one of the contributing factors making this such a tragic year.

Unfortunately, many of these bacteria are highly resistant to the usual antibiotics used to treat them. If you develop post-influenza pneumonia, in all likelihood you’ll have to be hospitalized to receive intravenous antibiotics.

Seek medical treatment if you:

Don’t begin to recover after five to seven days of influenza

Start coughing up sputum

Have a fever that isn’t diminishing

Are generally getting sicker rather than better –

It might mean that you’re developing a complication from influenza.

(Source: Mayo Clinic, online at www.mayoclinic.com.)

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