Flu season in full effect, watch for these symptoms

Flu season in full effect, watch for these symptoms
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The new year also means a new strain of flu for most Americans. This year the virus is being called the Australian flu and thousands have fallen ill; however, not everyone who falls ill seeks medical attention to get a proper diagnosis. Because of this gap in data, reports of recovery time and severity of the illness may vary. Most people will utilize over the counter medications, home remedies and rest, while others seek out a doctor. The danger with this year’s seasonal flu is that the symptoms will abate, making many believe that they have become better, and they will become sick again a few days later.

Some flu patients who have not received a medical diagnosis and treatment report their flu progressed to bronchitis and even pneumonia. This can become a life-threatening illness for children, senior citizens, and people with a compromised immune system. To protect yourself against the flu it is recommended that you get the vaccine each flu season. While the flu virus changes each season, getting the shot may help lessen your chances to catch the flu and in some cases helps your body fight the virus if you do fall ill. People who believe they have the flu should seek medical attention immediately in case antibiotics or another medication is needed.

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms seek medical attention as soon as possible :

  • Sudden or excessive fatigue

  • Body Aches and chills

  • A persistent dry cough

  • A sore throat

  • Fever

  • GI Problems- Diarrhea, nausea, vomiting

In children these symptoms are also common:

  • not drinking enough fluids
  • crying with no tears
  • not waking up or interacting
  • being unable to eat
  • having a fever with a rash
  • having difficulty urinating

Crisis Symptoms-Call 911 or get to a doctor immediately

  • chest pain
  • breathing difficulties
  • bluish skin and lips
  • severe dehydration
  • dizziness and confusion
  • recurring fever
  • worsening cough
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