Complications of influenza

Although the flu generally does not have serious consequences, in weaker individuals such as the elderly and children it can induce serious complications.

Complications of influenza can be:

  • Sinusitis
  • otitis (especially in children)
  • Bacterial pneumonia
  • dehydration
  • worsening of pre-existing diseases, for example chronic diseases of the cardio-vascular or respiratory systems.

Respiratory complications are the most frequent, especially bacterial pneumonia, in which, after an improvement in flu symptoms, there is a reappearance of fever and a worsening of general conditions.

In addition to bacterial pneumonia, viral pneumonia, usually more severe, can also occur.

Cardiac complications may appear, with alterations in heart rhythm, heart tones, signs of heart failure.

The scientific literature confirms the importance of influenza vaccination in decreasing both hospitalizations and mortality from pneumonia.

For all these reasons it is essential not to neglect the symptoms of the flu, which must be treated promptly.

Joycelyn Elders is the author and creator of EmpowerEssence, a health and wellness blog. Elders is a respected public health advocate and pediatrician dedicated to promoting general health and well-being.

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