H1N1 Victims More Likely to Get PneumoniaJune 2, 2010
It’s bad enough to have the flu. But turns out the flu also significantly compromises the immune system, making flu patients more vulnerable to pneumonia. We saw the worst case scenario of this last year: of those who died from H1N1, most had a combination of flu and bacterial pneumonia.
A new study, published in Cell Host and Microbe, confirms this— and affirms the importance of staying home when you have flu symptoms to avoid getting other germs. Immunobiologist Ruslan Medzhitov tested mice to find out the relationship between the flu and other common bacteria the body usually fights off. “Grandmother was right,” says Medzhitov.
You can read all about it in the Yale Alumni magazine.