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Just the Flu? The Nebraska Medical Center

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Posted 10/13/2014

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When John came down with the flu around Christmas time, he figured it would run its course and he'd be back to himself before long. But the flu led to a lung infection. When he started coughing up blood, John went to a hospital near his home in Central Nebraska. When he woke up, he was in an ICU bed at The Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. He had five chest tubes draining the infection from his lungs. Infectious disease specialist Mark Rupp MD said John very nearly died. Dr. Rupp says John's case is proof that otherwise healthy and strong adults can have complications from the flu. He says the best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine shot.