SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF THE FLU
If you think you have symptoms of the flu,
you should talk to your health care
immediately. Take a look at the sections
below to help decide if you are
flu-like symptoms or something else.
What Is the Flu?
The flu—also called influenza—is an illness
influenza viruses, which cause epidemics every year.7,8
In the United States,
flu season typically begins in the
fall,7,8 and it's recommended that everyone 6 months
of age and older, with rare exception, get an annual
DID YOU KNOW?
Younger children may not exhibit the same flu symptoms as adults.
Ask your pediatrician about
what signs to look out for.10
WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON SYMPTOMS OF THE FLU?
Flu symptoms can last anywhere from a few days to a
few weeks. If you’re experiencing any combination of the following symptoms, especially fever, visit your health care provider to see if you have the flu.7,8
EMERGENCY WARNING SIGNS
In the event someone with the flu is experiencing
any of the emergency signs below,
medical attention right away.
IN ADULTS 5
- Difficulty breathing or shortness
- Pain or pressure in the chest
- Sudden dizziness
- Severe or persistent vomiting
- Flu-like symptoms that improve
but then return with fever and
IN CHILDREN 5
- Fast breathing or trouble breathing
- 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 improve but then
return with fever and worse cough
- Fever with a rash
IN INFANTS 5
- Unable to eat
- Trouble breathing
- No tears when crying
- Significantly fewer wet diapers
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