More children are dying from flu


MARK: NEW DISTUBRING NUMBERS TONIGHT OF THE DEADLY FLU OUTBREAK….. THE C-D-C REPORTING 16 MORE CHILDREN HAVE DIED ACROSS THE COUNTRY– BRINGING THE NATIONWIDE NUMBER OF CHILD FLU-RELATED DEATHS TO 53. MARK: NBC4’S TYLER CARTER JOIN US LIVE NOW WITH MORE ON WHAT SOME PEOPLE ARE CALLING THE “KILLER FLU” TYLER: AS THE FLU EPIDEMIC SPREADS — DOCTORS SAY THIS YEARS STRAIN IS THE MOST SEVERE IN DECADES. GETTING THE FLU THIS SEASON CAN BE A MATTER OR LIFE OR DEATH. THIS YEARS FLU SEASON IS FIERCE – WITH AT LEAST 40 REPORTED DEATHS IN THE STATE OCCURRING TO HEALTH OFFICIALS. THE OHIO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SAYS THERE HAS BEEN MORE THAN 86-HUNDRED INFLUENZA- ASSOCIATED HOSPITALIZATIONS THIS FLU SEASON ALONE. DOCTORS SAY THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE INFECTED WITH THE FLU SEEMS TO BE HIGH BECAUSE NOT EVERYONE GOES TO THE DOCTOR WHEN THEY ARE SICK. GLENN WILLIAMS / MEDICAL DIRECTOR OF URGENT CARE, OHIO HEALTH: “WE ARE SEEING A LITTLE BIT OF A DECLINE OVER THE LAST WEEK OR TWO IN TOTAL NUMBERS OF PEOPLE COMING IN WITH THE FLU BUT THERE IS STILL A LOT.” THE BIG QUESTION THAT MANY ARE ASKING IS HOW CAN SOMEONE DIE FROM INFLUENZA? GLENN WILLIAMS / MEDICAL DIRECTOR OF URGENT CARE, OHIO HEALTH: “THE FLU VIRUS CAN GET DEEP IN YOUR LUNGS YOU IMMUNE SYSTEM RESPONDS AND YOU GET MUCUS AND FLUIDS AND THEN OTHER BACTERIA GROWS AND DEVELOPS AND CAUSE PNEUMONIA.” DOCTOR GLENN WILLIAMS, MEDICAL DIRECTOR OF URGENT CARE FOR OHIO HEALTH, SAYS CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF FIVE AND ADULTS OVER THE AGE OF 65 ARE MOST AT RISK. GLENN WILLIAMS / MEDICAL DIRECTOR OF URGENT CARE, OHIO HEALTH: “OTHER PEOPLE, THAT BACTERIA WILL GET INTO THE BLOODSTREAM AND CAUSES SOMETHING CALLED SEPSIS AND GO TO ALL YOUR ORGANS AND YOUR BODY AND THAT CAN CAUSE YOU TO DIE.” DOCTORS TOO ARE NOT TAKING THIS FLU SEASON LIGHTLY. BECAUSE THEY ARE TRATING SO MANY WITH THE FLU, NURSES AND DOCTORS ARE TAKING EXTRA PRECAUTIONS TO AVID GETTING SICK. “WE KNOW OUR ENEMY. WE ARE WATCHING HANDS. WE ARE TRYING TO STAY AWAY FROM IT AS MUCH AS WE CAN BUT SOMETIMES IT’S INEVITABLE.>” TYLER: TAMIFLU IS PRESCRIBED TO TREAT THE FLU. WITH SO MANY FLU CASES PHARMACIES ARE GETTING BACK LOGGED. DOCTORS RECOMMEND TALKING TO THE PHARMACIST FIRST — TAKING TYLENOL AND KEEPING HYDRATED CAN HELP. IF YOUR CASE IS SEVERE GO TO YOUR LOCAL ER. LOCAL FOR YOU, TYLER CARTER NBC4. MARK: A NURSE IN NORTHEAST OHIO ISVBOUT OF A JOB…AFTER SHE SAYS WAS TOO SICK TO WORK! SHE SAYS THE HOSPITAL SHE WORKED FOR FIRED HER AFTER SHE BECAME ILL. THERESA PUCKETT CALLED OUT SICK ONCE AT THE END OF 2017– WHEN SHE CAME BACK, SHE WAS SENT HOME EARLY BECAUSE SHE WAS STILL SICK. UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS HAS A POLICY THAT TEMPORARY NURSES LIKE THERESA–MAY BE DISMISSED AFTER TWO NON-APPROVED ABSENSES OVER 60-DAYS. THERESA SAYS IT SPEAKS TO THE NURSING AND HOSPITAL CULTURE– KEEPING HOSPITALS STAFFED NO MATTER THE CONSEQUENCES. THERESA PUCKETT: “I WAS PUNISHED FOR THAT, I WAS PUNISHED FOR STAYING HOME WITH A DOCTOR’S NOTE. I THOUGHT, THIS IS A LARGER PROBLEM, THIS IS LARGER THAN MYSELF.” MARK: U-H HAS A ‘NO-FAULT’ ATTENDENCE POLICY– WHERE THE HOSPITAL SAYS DOCTORS NOTES DO NOT ‘EXCUSE’ AN OCCURRENCE OF ABSENCE. THEY SAY THEIR ATTENDENCE POLICY FOR FILL-IN NURSES IS SIMILAR TO POLICIES AT OTHER HEALTH

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