Many people don’t bother to get the flu shot each year, thinking that it’s simply not a big deal to forget about it, or worse, that it will make them sick. The idea that a flu shot can actually give healthy people the flu is one that has been shot down in many studies. Furthermore, not getting the flu shot at the beginning of flu season can have devastating consequences, as one of our cases, unfortunately, showcased a few years ago right here in St. Louis.
That case was the sad story of Lisa and her husband. When Lisa’s husband started showing signs of the flu, he visited two different emergency rooms for the sickness, and both failed to properly diagnose him with sepsis. Sepsis is a serious infection that, if left untreated, can be fatal, which it, unfortunately, was for Lisa’s husband.
Lisa now knows just how deadly the flu can be, and while we won those two cases for her, one against each emergency room physician, Lisa decided to do more. Today she spends her time raising awareness about sepsis, in order to keep the memory of her husband, and her love for him, alive. The billboard shown below is one of the many things she has done to increase sepsis awareness and help save the lives of others that may contract the same type of infection her husband did.
Unfortunately, Jeffrey’s story isn’t the only out there that highlights the dangers of the flu, or the many other infections winter can bring. This doesn’t just happen in St. Louis either—a San Diego Navy veteran had to be hospitalized and place in the Intensive Care Unit after his typical flu-like symptoms progressed into breathing difficulties and renal failure. And just this year, Time Magazine ran an article speaking directly to how fatal the flu can be.