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Fight the flu


Influenza can be dangerous.

While most people who become sick will recover in a few days to less than two weeks, some people may become more severly ill. It is important to know where to go and how to treat flu depending on your age, health history, symptoms, and needs. You can protect your loved ones and help prevent the spread of the flu by practicing the following:

  • flu vaccine/flu shot
  • physical distancing
  • washing hands
  • wearing masks

Flu shot

The CDC recommends everyone 6 months of age and older get vaccinated every flu season.The flu shot can:

  • Save your life. In 2019, more than 35 million people in the United States got sick with the flu, more than 490,000 were hospitalized and more than 34,000 died from the flu.
  • Reduce your risk of getting sick with flu and needing hospitalization.
  • Reduce your risk of more serious illness and complications if you also get COVID-19

Emergency Department

It is best to avoid the emergency department except in cases of true medical emergencies. For someone already affected by influenza, leaving your house, waiting in a room with other sick people, and traveling to and from care can put more strain on your body and immune system, as well as those with whom you come into contact.

However, seek medical care immediately if you are experiencing the following warning signs, especially at-risk populations, including pregnant women, chronically ill, children under the age of 2 and those over the age of 65. Please note, the following lists are not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any symptom that are severe or concerning.

Adults (18+)

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Persistent dizziness, confusion, inability to arouse
  • Seizures
  • Not urinating
  • Severe muscle pain
  • Severe weakness or unsteadiness
  • Fever or cough that improve but then return or worsen
  • Worsening of chronic medical conditions

Children (6 months-19 years old)

  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • Bluish lips or face
  • Ribs pulling in with each breath
  • Chest pain
  • Severe muscle pain (child refuses to walk)
  • Dehydration (no urine for 8 hours, dry mouth, no tears when crying)
  • Not alert or interacting when awake
  • Seizures
  • Fever above 104°F of any fever, for children less than 12 weeks old)
  • Fever or cough that improve but then return or worsen
  • Worsening of chronic medical conditions