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Flu Season is Here!
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By Field Supervisor Stacey Holden
November 6, 2019

Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year.

People who have the flu often feel some or all of these signs and symptoms:
-Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
-Cough
-Sore throat
-Runny or stuffy nose
-Muscle or body aches
-Headaches
-Fatigue (very tired)
-Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

Seek Care If The Sick Person Has ANY Of The Signs Below:
In ADULTS, emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:
 Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
 Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
 Sudden dizziness
 Confusion
 Severe or persistent vomiting (vomiting that goes on)
 Flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever and worse cough

In CHILDREN, emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:
 Fast breathing or working hard to breathe
 Bluish skin color
 Not drinking enough fluids
 Not waking up or not interacting
 Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
 Flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever and worse cough
 Fever with a rash  Being unable to eat
 Having no tears when crying

In addition to the signs above, get medical help right away for any INFANT who has any of these signs:
 Being unable to eat
 Has trouble breathing
 Having no tears when crying

Haven't gotten your flu shot yet? No problem! Schedule an appointment with your Primary Care Physician (PCP) or visit any urgent care or CVS to discuss if the flu shot is recommended for you.

The above information was obtained courtesy of the Harford County Health Department web page.

Hyperlinks: https://harfordcountyhealth.com/flu-season-is-here/
 
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