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When To Visit The ER – Flu – Bellevue Medical Center

November 9, 2019


Symptoms can mimic a cold, you can a have
a runny nose, fever, muscle aches but influenza is more of an acute process. It happens more
suddenly usually one to two days after exposure. The elderly over 65, people with core morbidities
like diabetes and asthma and young children. If you have vomiting and diarrhea and you’re
not able to take oral fluids, you risk dehydration, you risk electrolyte abnormalities. Shortness
of breath with an asthmatic or a heart disease patient, a history of pneumonia, you can develop
pneumonia pretty easily with a case of influenza. So, shortness of breath, dehydration, fever
that won’t resolve, people need to be seen by their physician or the emergency room with
those symptoms. You develop the muscle aches, the runny nose
and the nausea and vomiting. If you have any core morbidities, if you live life on the
edge so to speak, because you have diabetes or asthma or heart disease and you are not
able to take fluids or you begin to develop pneumonia. All of these could lead to heart
failure, respiratory failure and death. The reason you keep the hands away from the
face is because it’s a respiratory virus. It is spread through sneezes, coughs and if
you have your hands near your face, nose, or mouth, you are spreading the virus that
way. The vaccine is usually geared towards that
year’s influenza viruses that the CDC suspect is in the area. It may make you have a few
symptoms for a day or two after you get the vaccine but it can protect you from that season’s
influenza virus. The influenza virus can include death, so I say get protected definitely.

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