Typically, flu-related deaths are the result of secondary infections, not the flu virus itself. As a healthcare community, it is important to understand and educate on the symptoms of sepsis [confusion, fever, shortness of breath, extreme pain, clammy or sweaty skin, fast heart rate]. If an individual has the flu, watch closely for any symptoms that may indicate that he/she is getting worse instead of better. If you see two or more of these symptoms, encourage seeking emergency medical help immediately.

The Sepsis Alliance offers excellent information related to sepsis and influenza: