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Post-Flu Illness Causes People More Problems

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LANSNIG, Mich. (WLNS) - The number of flu cases in Michigan is still on the rise, but health officials say it's beginning to slow down.

New numbers out this morning from the Department of Community Health show so far there have been 508 cases of the flu--that's about 60 more than last week.

Four children in Michigan have died from the flu, along with 33 other children across the nation.

Dr. David Peters says that after recovering from the flu, bacteria infections in the sinuses, ears and lungs are also common after the flu. He says they've seen an influx in these cases this year.

"After seemingly improved, people start getting worse again and that's with a runny nose, sore throat, and we eventually see them coughing bringing up tremendous amounts of phlegm," said Dr. David Peters with Redi Care South Urgent Care in Lansing. "The influenza weakens the immune system and it makes you more susceptible to secondary infections."

Many of Dr. Peters post-flu patients are getting pneumonia: a serious infection and if not treated quickly, can be deadly.

"Pneumonia is basically a collection of pus in the airways and it can diminish lung function," said Dr. Peters.

He suggest to seek medical attention if something doesn't feel right.

"If the individual is so convinced they have a virus and they wait way too long, by the time we see them they're extremely sick," said Dr. Peters. "When folks are starting to get better is when the second infections could start up and that's when they start getting worse again."

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