The flu is spreading at its all time fastest and is at it peak. Following the death of Amelia Perry, 22, a student of Wright State University, Daytonians take extra precautions and become more vigilant.
Amelia Perry, a graduate of Fairborn High School, was admitted to the hospital six days prior to her death of flu like complications. Common thinking was that her flu symptoms were coupled with other conditions, although she was a health young woman. Her condition worsened quickly and developed into not only the flu but strep throat, double pneumonia and a staph infection in her blood stream.
Perry was not the only person suffering the effects of this horrible strains of illness, at the time Perry was hospitalized, there were 692 other cases reported in Ohio. The week prior to that, there were 388 reported cases. The numbers increase from week to week.
Perry was the second flu related death in the surrounding area. The first reported death was of an elderly man from Warren County. He died two weeks after hospitalization for the flu and other health related complications.
The key to fighting the flu virus is to get a flu shot. The flu shot protect the person against three strains of flu. The flu shot is recommended for children 6 month to adults.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention department, the most important preventive measures one can take to prevent contracting the flu or spreading the virus are as follows:
"Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze."
"Wash your hands often with soap and water or hand sanitizers."
"Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth."
"Try to avoid close contact with sick people."
"If you are sick, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever breaks"
"While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them."