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Flu season is turning deadly in healthy population

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Many doctors are alarmed at what they are seeing this flu season.  The flu is striking Mississippians and it's striking hard,  in a demographic  that typically tolerates flu well.        

Baptist Emergency Department Director, Dr. Eric Zoog says the H1N1 Swine flu is hitting healthy adults in their 30's, 40's and 50's extremely hard this year.   Dr. Zoog says in the past two or three weeks, at least five of his flu patients in this age range have died as a result of complications.    

Dr. Zoog says some patients have developed severe cases of adult respiratory distress disorder, where the lungs fill up with fluid, and as a result, many times flu patients must be put on life support.

"You can give some medicine to try to pull the fluid out of it. You can change the type of gas the patient is ventilated with to improve flow. You can support blood pressure but there's not magic medicine that's targeted at only adult respiratory distress disorder.  There's not a magic bullet for it. We have to support the patient through it while God fixes it," Dr. Zoog said.    

Dr. Zoog says his colleagues at other hospitals are seeing the same trend and all of the deaths he's had from flu complications were in patients who did not get vaccinated for the flu.

There is adequate flu vaccine available at all county health departments, and the dominant flu this year, H1N1 Swine flu is covered in this vaccine. State health officials say it is not too late to get the vaccine.

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