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Washington Township Medical Foundation Protects Your Health Year Round

Many people do not realize how dangerous the seasonal flu can be. Getting your annual flu shot is important. Influenza or “the flu” is a contagious respiratory sickness. This illness is caused by viruses that infect the lungs, throat, and nose. While most cases of the flu are relatively mild, some are dangerous and can even be life-threatening. Ask your internist at Washington Township Medical Foundation about getting this year’s flu shot.

Do You Have the Flu?

Symptoms vary depending on the type of flu and on the individual. These are some of the symptoms most commonly associated with the flu:

  • Fever, though not all individuals with the flu will have an accompanying fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion / stuffy nose
  • Muscle aches / body aches
  • Chills
  • Headaches
  • Exhaustion
  • Vomiting / diarrhea—more common for children with the flu than adults with the flu

DO I Need to Receive Emergency Medical Care for My Flu?

Certain symptoms signify a serious case. If you are concerned, call your doctor.

Emergency warning signs for children with the flu include:

  • Difficulty breathing / rapid breathing
  • Sluggishness / lack of interaction
  • Irritability / not wanting to be held
  • Not drinking enough liquids
  • Blue skin color
  • Fever accompanied by a rash
  • Symptoms seem to improve but then return and worsen
  • Trouble waking up

See a doctor if your infant experiences the symptoms above and / or the following:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Less wet diapers than usual
  • Inability to eat
  • Crying without tears

For adults with the flu, seek emergency help if the following are experienced:

  • Dizziness
  • Confusion / disorientation
  • Severe vomiting
  • Symptoms seem to improve but then return and worsen
  • Chest / abdomen pain or pressure
  • Trouble breathing / shortness of breath
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