As you may know, the common symptoms of the flu include:
Runny or stuffy nose.
Muscle or body aches.
Fatigue (very tired).
Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
Except the general symptoms there are several emergency flu signs that you need to know about. Anyone who experiences any of these signs should receive medical emergency care right away.
Elevated breathing and troubled breathing.
Bluish, or greenish skin color.
Not willing to drink enough fluid. The child may not go to the bathroom as often as normal, or have significantly fewer wet diapers.
Not waking up or not interacting.
The child may become so irritable that she or he refuses to be held.
Flu-like symptoms that first improve, but then return with fever and worse cough.
The immediate emergency care must be provided to the adults who experience one or several of following symptoms:
Difficulty breathing of shortness of breath
Pain and pressure in the chest or abdomen.
Instances of sudden dizziness.
Severe vomiting, or vomiting that is persistent and continues.
General confusion and loss of attention, appetite and feeling of time.
There are also categories of people who are at higher risk of developing the complications. These categories are strongly advised to go through the flu vaccination every year and the emergency warning signs must be strictly observed in these people.
Children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 years old.
Adults 65 years or oder.
American Indians and Alaskan Natives seem to be at higher risk of flu complications.
People who have medical conditions including:
Asthma (even if it’s controlled or mild).
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