Learn about Flu deaths from Michael Marcus, MD Pediatric Pulmonary at the Maimonides Medical Center Fellowship, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
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Male Speaker 1: If someone's got flu and died. What would they die from? Male Speaker 2: Most of the time people who get the flu who die, die from a secondary bacterial infection that tacks the body while your resistance is low from the first influence infection. Male Speaker 1: And the 1918 epidemic there was a topic or two, maybe three that will causes a lot other than the longest - numeric oxide. Is that true? Male Speaker 2: Those are the bacteria that are very common and those are the ones that certainly were the most common cause of death during that influence at pandemic. Male Speaker 1: The institute actually created like anti-syrup against pneumococcus one and two, and they were actually treating pneumococcal pneumonia there, it's some what successful. Male Speaker 2: They were able to control the pneumonia and help people recover from the pneumococcal pneumonia during those years. Many different approaches have been taken over the years. At this point time, we have sophisticated antibiotics then help us to fight these infections in much more successfully in back in 1918. Male Speaker 1: Also I got time, we get these in terrible infections around the lung and it would have around and suitable technique that we even do today to relieve are still being one of the triggers. We would -- that kind of infections. Is that true? Male Speaker 2: That is true. When certain types of pneumonia hit, pneumococcus for one example step or another, what occurs in the body is that fluid and eventually cause and it can accumulate around the lung, that fluid and plus needs to be drained from that area, when the amount of the fluid or passes to great because it thinks it very difficult for the patients to breathe, and it also make it more difficult to fight the actual infection.