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Monday, November 1, 2010

Beating the FLU - a Good read for those with a Disablity

Every year some 24,000 Americans die from influenza infection, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Last year the swine flu caused an additional 12,000 fatalities — fewer than initially expected. For many people with disabilities, the risks are higher than average. People with compromised immune and/or respiratory systems are more likely to suffer the most severe symptoms, especially secondary infections like bronchitis and pneumonia — infections that could kill. Recognizing these dangers and taking adequate precautions can make all the difference.


Pneumonia and Other Complications
"The thought of contracting the flu really scares me," admits Debbie Hamilton, 51, a registered nurse and C4 incomplete quad who lives in Powell, Wyo. For her, the nightmare involves not only the flu, which is bad enough, but the potential for bronchitis and pneumonia, which can easily be set off by the flu or even a bad cold. "Since my accident, I only have about a quarter of my lung capacity," Hamilton says. "I have a terrible time coughing and clearing my lungs."

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