Warning Signs: Seasonal Flu


Dr. Bresee, how will we know
when we have the flu? Well, the symptoms
of seasonal flu include fever, cough, sore throat,
runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches,
chills, and fatigue. Some people may also have
vomiting or diarrhea, especially in children. Of course,
some people get seriously ill, and hospitals will have to focus
on those in the greatest need. Because of that,
people have to make a judgment about when to go to the doctor. And how will people know
when it’s serious enough to get medical help? People with
the following symptoms should call for emergency
medical help immediately — signs of breathing
or heart problems, like chest pain, shortness of
breath, bluish or purplish lips, signs of dehydration,
like yellowish or leathery skin, decreased urination,
or confusion. Sometimes children will have
no tears when they cry. And, Doctor, where can people go to get a full list
of these symptoms? For more information,
people should visit www.flu.gov or call 1-800-CDC-INFO. Thank you, Doctor.

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