The flu is different from a cold. The flu usually comes on suddenly. According to the CDC, people who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:
- Sore throat
- Stuffy or runny nose
- Muscle or body aches
- Vomiting (more common in children)
- Diarrhea (more common in children)
* You can still have the flu if you do not have a fever
Do you know what to do if you or your child show signs of the flu? Learn what puts you at high-risk for complications and what symptoms warrant a trip to your North Florida doctor or ER.
Flu in Children
Children under five years old, and especially under two, are at increased risk for flu complications. If your child is in these high-risk groups and has flu symptoms, call your pediatrician. Seek emergency care immediately if your child:
- Has blue or purplish skin color
- Is so irritable that they don’t want to be held
- Cries without tears (in infants)
- Has a fever with a rash
- Has trouble waking up
- Has trouble breathing
- Has stomach or chest pain or pressure
- Has signs of dehydration such as dizziness or not passing urine
- Has confusion
- Can’t stop vomiting or can’t drink enough fluids
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The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months old and older get the flu shot every year
Most people who get influenza will recover in a few days to less than two weeks, but some people will develop complications (such as pneumonia) as a result of the flu, some of which can be life-threatening and result in death. Pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus and ear infections are examples of complications from flu. The flu can make chronic health problems worse. For example, people with asthma may experience asthma attacks while they have the flu, and people with chronic congestive heart failure may experience worsening of this condition that is triggered by the flu.
What should I do?
Think you or your child have the flu, but not sure what to do? View our list of common symptoms and recommended treatment options.