With the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting that 47 states have shown cases of influenza across their borders, it's no small matter to watch for symptoms of the flu this season. There has been, however, a special note that those who suffer from certain developmental or other mental disabilities ought to be extra careful not to contract the illness. A recent report explains that even though it is not a bigger risk of contraction to those who have such disabilities, it could prove more dangerous to their systems if it is contracted.
Californians have likely heard that there have been at least 20 cases of fatalities due to the flu this season among children in our country and the number of adults who have perished as a result of the illness is yet unknown. With a total of 84 adults and 22 children at least who have a neurological condition having gotten sick from the flu thus far, the CDC is urging those who can to take every precaution possible in an effort not to fall ill.
Among several ways to prevent getting the flu is going to discuss your condition and risk with your doctor. As soon as you feel symptoms, the CDC says, taking action is the best step. The severity of the sickness is not to be known until it occurs, so working with professionals to stay healthy is best. The kinds of complications someone with a neurological or developmental disability has after contracting the flu could greatly complicate their situation, which is why the CDC has specifically mentioned this community in its preventative awareness.
California residents who do indeed have a mental condition that makes them a greater risk to complications should they contract influenza may wish to speak with an attorney as well as their doctor about their Social Security Disability benefits. Understanding how it may help you and the specifications of it regarding further treatment, should you need it, could be good to know regardless of any illness.
Source: disabilityscoop.com, "CDC: People with special needs should be on 'high alert' for flu," Michelle Diament, Jan. 14, 2013
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