Recovery from deadly strain of the flu a long, tough battle

GILBERT, AZ - Doctors say the flu is not letting up. It's a deadly strain hitting a different age group this year.

And it's attacking young adults.

Here are the latest numbers from the Arizona Department of Health Services.

So far 5,820 flu cases have been reported statewide since the season started in September.

The flu has hit all 15 counties in our state.

27-year-old Jamie Ison of Gilbert beat the flu. But he has a long road ahead of him.

The personal trainer is used to whipping his clients into shape.

But now he's the one pushing himself at the gym after a severe case of the flu nearly killed him.

"My left side's pretty weak, so trying to get that back. Trying to get the range of motion, strength," he said.

Just two weeks ago, Ison was stuck in the hospital. He was there for over a month, sometimes hooked up to a machine that helped save his life.

"It was pretty miserable. I didn't sleep for four days, couldn't drink anything, couldn't eat anything," he said.

He lost 40 pounds and barely got to see his two-year-old daughter Kelsey.

But his wife Krissy was by his side the whole time.

"I could see his vital signs, I knew how sick he was. I could see on the breathing machines how high a level of life support he was needing. So it was really hard and scary," she said.

Krissy is a nurse-- so she knew just how bad things were getting.

"I mean anyone else probably would've died, should've died," she said.

Now that he's out of the hospital, Ison's slowly starting to train clients again.

"I wish I could yell at my clients a little more, but I'm the quiet trainer now!" he said.

He's learning he's stronger than he ever thought he could be.

Ison didn't get the flu shot this year. But next year, he says he'll be sure to get it.

Doctors say it isn't too late to get a flu shot if you haven't already.

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