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H1N1 Victims More Likely to Get Pneumonia

June 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.

Now if Congress (and the Massachusetts legislature and the New York City Council, which have legislation before them right now) would only listen and pass measures to guarantee paid sick days.

You can read all about it in the Yale Alumni magazine.



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  1. Terry Carlson
    #1 Terry Carlson 12 June, 2010, 22:06

    Washington State law requires employers to allow workers to use sick leave to care for ill family members. Minnesota does not. This should be a benefit for all.

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