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      SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF THE FLU

      If you think you have symptoms of the flu,
      you should talk to your health care
      provider
      immediately. Take a look at the sections
      below to help decide if you are
      experiencing
      flu-like symptoms or something else.

    What Is the Flu?

    The flu—also called influenza—is an illness
    caused by
    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
    flu vaccine.9

    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

    • Fever
    • Sore throat
    • Headache
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle aches

    EMERGENCY WARNING SIGNS

    In the event someone with the flu is experiencing
    any of the emergency signs below,
    please seek
    medical attention right away.

    IN ADULTS 5

    • Difficulty breathing or shortness
      of breath
    • Pain or pressure in the chest
      or abdomen
    • Sudden dizziness
    • Confusion
    • Severe or persistent vomiting
    • Flu-like symptoms that improve
      but then return with fever and
      worse cough

    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
      than normal

    IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

    IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION