This year’s influenza season has hit hard across the globe. Most people who get the flu fully recover, however, the flu can lead to major health complications, including sepsis. Sepsis is the body’s overwhelming response to infection, which can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, amputations, and death.
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“In some cases, influenza can quickly progress to sepsis, which is a life-threatening condition. It is important to spot the signs of sepsis early and seek medical attention immediately if you suspect sepsis because the risk of dying from sepsis increases by about 8 percent for every hour sepsis goes untreated. The risk of getting the flu and any complications, such as sepsis, can be decreased by staying up-to-date with immunizations and receiving an influenza vaccination each year,” stated Krystal Hays, DNP, RN, RAC-CT; Quality Improvement Advisor with the Great Plains QIN.