Influenza or “The Flu” is a viral infection that is worse than a cold and lasts longer. It is usually caused by influenza Virus A or B. Each year there is a different strain of the Flu virus. In the United States, the worse part of the Flu season is between late December and early March and it tends to affect kids more than adults.

Signs and Symptoms of The Flu

  • The Flu is commonly mistaken for the common cold. In reality, the symptoms are usually much worse. They Include:
    • Fever
    • Chills
    • Headache
    • Dizziness
    • Loss of Appetite
    • Tiredness
    • Cough
    • Sore Throat
    • Runny Nose
    • Nausea or Vomiting
    • Ear Pain
    • Diarrhea

Emergency Flu Symptoms

  • If you or your child experiences these symptoms go, to the Emergency Room immediately
    • In Children
        • Fast or troubled breathing
    • Not waking up or have little interaction
        • Extreme irritability
        • Flu-like symptoms improve but return with fever and a worse cough
    • Fever with rash
    • Bluish skin color
      • Unable to eat
      • No tears while crying
      • Significantly fewer wet diapers
    • In Adults
      • Difficulty breathing
      • Pain or pressure in chest or abdomen
      • Sudden dizziness
      • Confusion
      • Severe vomiting
      • Flu-like symptoms improve then return with a worse cough and fever

The Flu can generally last for around 5 days and can lead to more deadly diseases especially in young children. It is very important to see a doctor if you believe that you or your children may have the Flu.

People who are at high risk for the Flu include:

  • Children younger then the age of five
  • Adults over the age of 65
  • Pregnant women
  • People who have chronic medical conditions

Treatment for the Flu Include:

  • Lots of rest, especially during the first 24 hours of having symptoms
  • Avoid contact with others
  • Stay very hydrated
  • Take medicine to treat symptoms
  • Go to the doctor
  • If the fever gets bad try over the counter medicine like Ibuprofen or a Cooling Wrap around the head to try and cool externally.
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