FLU SYMPTOMSThe flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness and at times complications resulting from the flu can lead to death. The flu usually comes on suddenly and may include the following symptoms:
* It is important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.
IF YOU GET SICKMost healthy people recover from the flu without complications. If you get the flu:
There are over-the counter medications to relieve the symptoms of the flu but never give aspirin to children or teenagers who have flu-like symptoms, particularly feverEMERGENCY WARNING SIGNSIn children, emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:
In adults, emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:
Call your doctor or go to an emergency room immediately if you or someone you know is experiencing any of these emergency warning signs. Make sure to tell them that you think you have the flu.ANYONE CAN GET THE FLU BUT THE DISEASE IS MORE SEVERE FOR SOME PEOPLEMost people who get the flu will recover in a few days to less than 2 weeks, but some people will develop life-threatening complications such as pneumonia. About 5% to 20% of the U.S. residents get the flu each year. People age 65 years and older, people of any age with chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease, pregnant women and young children are more likely to get complications from the flu. Pneumonia, bronchitis, and sinus and ear infections are three examples of complications from the flu. The flu can also make chronic health problems worse.The material included in this message is for general information purposes only and is not intended to replace appropriate evaluation and care by a healthcare provider. Please call your doctor or seek appropriate medical attention if you have additional questions or concerns.
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