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A Note from the Doctor: Call In Sick If You Have the Flu!

Typical symptoms include fever, sore throat, runny nose and upper respiratory symptoms, headache, fatigue, and muscle or body aches. To get over it sooner, doctors advise that you drink plenty of liquids, get rest, and if diagnosed early take antiviral medication.

Adults should seek emergency care if they are experiencing any of these symptoms: 

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Flu-like symptoms that improve, but then return with fever and increased cough
Specifically for children:
  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • Bluish skin color
  • Not drinking enough fluids
  • Not waking up or not interacting
  • Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
  • Flu-like symptoms that improve, but then return with fever and increased cough
  • Fever with a rash
In addition to all of the symptoms above, an infant who as any of the following signs should get emergency care:

  

  • Irritability/ being inconsolable
  • Inability to eat or drink
  • Trouble breathing
  • No tears when crying
  • Significantly fewer wet diapers than normal
  • Persistent fevers
It is not too late to get the flu vaccine if you haven’t done so already. Also, it’s important to take routine preventative measures like washing your hands regularly, wiping down work stations and covering your nose and mouth when you sneeze and cough.

Emergency physicians are very experienced when it comes to dealing with infectious diseases like the flu. It’s important for everyone to step up and help push the flu back. The little things can make a big difference when keeping you and those around you healthy.