November 02, 2009

Flu Emergency Warning Signs

The flu is never fun. And chances are, you will feel pretty bad for at least a few days. But according to the CDC, if you notice any of the following signs in yourself or someone you are caring for, seek medical care right away:

Flu Emergency Warning Signs in 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 improve but then return with fever and worse cough
  • Fever with a rash

Flu Emergency Warning Signs in Adults:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Severe or persistent vomiting

Reference
Center for Disease Control and Prevention. http://www.cdc.gov/FLU

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