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When to Get Medical Help for the Flu


Sooner or later, everyone gets the flu. Symptoms include fever, sore throat, cough, body aches, stuffy or runny nose, headache and fatigue. If the symptoms don’t improve after a few days, you may need medical assistance. Here are signs that you or a family member may need to seek help at the best primary care clinic for the family.

High Risk Individuals

The following people may develop complications from the flu and need to see a health care professional.

  • Babies and children up to two years old
  • People ages 65 and over
  • Healthcare workers
  • People with a weak immune system
  • Pregnant women
  • People with chronic diseases
  • Residents of long-term care facilities

Signs for Babies and Children

  • Difficulty breathing or breathing fast
  • Rash accompanying the fever
  • Dehydration – not urinating or no tears when crying
  • Repeated vomiting
  • Skin has a bluish tint
  • Trouble waking up
  • Stomach or chest pain
  • Dizziness or confusion
  • Intense irritability and does not want to be held
  • Symptoms improve and then return with bad cough and fever

Signs for Adults

  • Fever doesn’t improve
  • Severe chills and shaking
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Pressure or pain in the chest or abdomen
  • Dizziness
  • Repeated vomiting
  • Severe dehydration
  • Symptoms persist for more than two weeks
  • Symptoms improve and then return with bad cough and fever
  • Coughing up sputum that is greenish yellow or is stained with blood

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