Flu numbers climb, hitting young, usually healthyPosted: Updated:
Ted Crews is not used to having down time, but after weeks of not feeling well, the 44-year-old criminal defense attorney ended up in a hospital bed, connected to tubes.
Turns out, Crews not only has pneumonia, he has the flu. "I'm very happy that I'm feeling so much better than I was before, but it is scary because I'm hearing about just how prevalent the flu is right now and how many people are affected by it," said Crews.
Dr. Priya Radhakrisnan with St. Joseph's Hospital says the flu is hitting a group that is usually at least risk: men and women between the ages of 19 and 49.
One of her good friends, fellow attorney Xavier Sedillo, has fallen gravely ill with a case of the flu and pneumonia.
"I spoke with an officer today who's pulling for him, prosecutors, the interpreters, judges, everybody is just praying for him."
Castillo said she's not only concerned for Sedillo and his family but also for the implications this could have on the rest of the Valley.
"There are some attorneys who are refusing to do jail visits because we believe possibly those who are in the jail are more susceptible to the viruses," Castillo said.
Doctors say even if you got the flu shot this year, you are still at risk. That being said, the flu shot is still your best defense against getting the flu.