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Flu outbreak 2013: Symptoms to watch for

1. Nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea (most common in children)

Warning from www.Flu.gov: “Seek medical treatment if you have difficulty breathing or shortness of breath; purple or blue discoloration of the lips; pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen; sudden dizziness; confusion; severe or persistent vomiting; seizures; and flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever and worse cough.”

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7 Comments

  1. Jerry on January 13, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Not very helpful in differentiated the 2013 flu from a cold

  2. Johnny Fleming on January 13, 2013 at 11:01 am

    I never knew..interracial people are always sick with the flu. But from looking those photos, i Might be ok. No Caucasian sick folks pictured here. What a relief !!!

    • Brit on January 14, 2013 at 5:38 am

      That’s ridiculous. I am Caucasian and I have it. That’s so racist. A flu or cold can be obtained by any race.

      • Crystal on January 14, 2013 at 3:57 pm

        I accidentally applied to you.

  3. Lamont on January 13, 2013 at 11:05 am

    Are mostly blacks sick or something?

    • Sherry King on January 13, 2013 at 11:30 pm

      No silly. Illnesses don`t know race, creed nor financial status..giggle. This was just posted on that website<3

  4. Staywell on January 17, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Please stop terrifying the general public! Most flu related deaths occur in those who are immune compromised- the elderly, those with chronic illness, etc. The number of flu and flu related deaths are up this year, but that number has only increased by about 2% from this time last year. The CDC has reported that the most likely reason for this is simply that the flu season began earlier this year(not because it is a more deadly strain). They have also reported that because of the early start, they believe that in many hard hit areas the flu is hitting its peak now-much earlier than usual, and should start to level out shortly. Considering ALL of the information available, by the end of the flu season it is expected to turn out to be an average or SLIGHTLY above average flu season. As a healthcare provider, I can tell you that the alarmist media coverage of the flu this year is causing as much, if not more, harm than good. It seems that nearly every single person with a cold is terrified and rushing to the local ER? This is delaying treatment of those with serious illness substantially. In my city alone, 3 of the 5 emergency rooms have had to divert patients every night this week. If you are genuinely sick, please seak medical attention. Go to your family doctor as they are a much more appropriate provider for treatment of the common cold or uncomplicated flu. When it comes to flu-like symptoms, unless you are running a high fever (>101.0), are having difficulty breathing (from your lungs-not because you are stuffy) or are showing other life threatening symptoms, the emergency department is not the appropriate
    resource for your illness. Remember to wash your hands frequently, not share food or drink, avoid contact with those who are Ill, use tissues when you cough or sneeze and if you start to feel sick stay home except to see your doctor and remember that it is not too late to get a flu shot. Stay healthy out there!!!