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Flu Warning Signs That Need Medical Care Right Away

September 19, 2019


NARRATOR: There are
emergency warning signs you’ll want to know about. Anyone who has
any of these signs should get medical care
right away. Look for these flu emergency
warning signs in children — Fast breathing
or trouble breathing. Bluish skin color. Not drinking enough fluids — For example, the child is not going to
the bathroom as much as normal or having significantly fewer
wet diapers. Not waking up
or not interacting. The child may be so irritable that he or she
doesn’t want to be held. Or he or she may have
flulike symptoms that improve, but then return with fever
and a worse cough. To review,
get emergency help right away if your child has any of these
emergency warning signs — fast breathing
or troubled breathing, bluish skin color, not drinking enough fluids or not having
as many wet diapers or going to the bathroom
as normal, not waking up
or not interacting, being so irritable that the
child does not want to be held, flulike symptoms improve, but then return with fever
and worse cough. The emergency warning signs are
slightly different for adults. Get medical care right away
for any adult who has one or more
of the following symptoms — difficulty breathing
or shortness of breath. Honey, I think we need to get
to the emergency room right now. You’re so short of breath. NARRATOR: Another emergency
warning sign to look for is pain or pressure
in the chest or abdomen or having sudden dizziness. The person may appear confused or have severe vomiting or vomiting that is persistent
and continues. John, I’m gonna vomit again. I can’t believe I feel this bad. NARRATOR:
To review, look for these emergency
warning signs in adults — difficulty breathing
or shortness of breath, pain or pressure
in the chest or abdomen, sudden dizziness, confusion, severe or persistent vomiting. Yes. Yes, my wife,
she has the flu, and she keeps vomiting,
and she just can’t seem to stop. NARRATOR:
If you or your loved one has any of the warning signs
described in this video, get medical care right away.

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