As summer comes to an end, fall approaches (with winter soon following behind it, as any Hoosier knows). Fall and winter bring with them many exciting adventures from pumpkin patches to the first snowfall. However, among these next seasons comes a less fun season: flu season.
Many in Evansville might recall the harsh flu outbreak that occurred last winter. By January, there were already at least 12 local residents who had died after contracting this flu. The flu is a serious illness that should not be taken lightly. Consequences can be severe if the condition is not caught and treated in a timely manner.
In some cases, the person infected does not seek treatment in time, thinking that the illness is just a cold that will have to run its course. However, in other cases, medical malpractice may be involved. When left untreated, many patients’ symptoms grow worse, and the illness can become potentially fatal. It’s up to medical professionals to correctly diagnose the flu and prescribe correct treatments to those who have caught it.
While there is no definite way to avoid the flu this season, there are steps you can take to help decrease your chances of catching the illness.
Wash Your Hands
Washing your hands throughout the day is a habit that you should practice year-round, but it becomes especially important during flu season. Many people do not realize they have the flu until after they have already spread the germs to public restrooms and doorknobs. If you are exposed to it and later touch your mouth or your food before you wash your hands, you will have an increased risk of catching the illness. While washing your hands regularly will not eliminate the risk of contracting the illness, it can decrease your chances.
Get the Flu Shot
It is common knowledge that the flu shot is not always 100 percent effective. The strain of flu changes every season, and in some seasons multiple strains may develop. This discourages many people from getting the shot. Although the shot may not be 100 percent effective, it can play a role in decreasing your chances of getting ill.
Go to the Doctor
As noted earlier, it can be potentially fatal to let the flu go untreated for an extended period. Therefore, if you feel even the slightest bit under the weather, it is important that you visit your doctor as soon as possible. The flu can progress quickly, so catching it early and beginning treatment is essential.
Help from an Evansville Medical Malpractice Attorney
If your loved one was severely or fatally ill with the flu because a doctor failed to properly diagnose them, you could be entitled to compensation. Let one of our experienced attorneys fight on your side to help you receive compensation to cover any financial or emotional damage accrued because of this mistake. Call Hensley Legal Group today for a free consultation or contact us online.