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A Note From The Doctor: Stay Out Of Work, School If You Have The Flu

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," said Dr. Sama.   "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." 

To speak with an emergency physician spokesperson about flu, please contact Mike Baldyga at mbaldyga@acep.org or call 202-728-0610, ext. 3005.

For more information on flu or other health-related topics, please go to www.EmergencyCareForYou.org

ACEP is the national medical specialty society representing emergency medicine. ACEP is committed to advancing emergency care through continuing education, research and public education. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, ACEP has 53 chapters representing each state, as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. A Government Services Chapter represents emergency physicians employed by military branches and other government agencies. 

 

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