According to the Texas Public Radio, over 2,300 Texans have died because of the flu this season. Unfortunately, that number will likely increase as the flu season runs from October to May. This statistic includes a number of children who have died from the flu. This year’s flu season appears to have more hospitalizations and complications than recent years.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), some of the symptoms of the flu include:
- Fever or feeling feverish/chills (not everyone with the flu will have fever)
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle or body aches
- Fatigue (tiredness)
- Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults
Some individuals may develop other complications from the flu, including pneumonia or bronchitis. The flu can be more serious for young children, the elderly, or those with weakened immune systems. According to the CDC, individuals with other conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, or pregnant women may also experience more "serious flu-related complications.” Regardless of your medical history, we should all take precautions to prevent the spread of the virus.
If you do get sick you should stay home if at all possible and avoid contact with others unless you are getting medical care from professionals. Always contact your doctor if you have concerns or think you are at risk, especially if you have one of the above conditions. It is best to start treatment as early as possible, within the first two days of becoming ill.
Some emergency warning signs of flu sickness may need immediate medical attention. If you notice one or more of these symptoms in those who are ill, contact your doctor or go to your local emergency room.
According to the CDC, emergency warning signs are as follows:
- In children -
- 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 - in addition to those listed above:
- Being unable to eat
- Has trouble breathing
- Has no tears when crying
- Significantly fewer wet diapers than normal
- In adults -
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
- Sudden dizziness
- Severe or persistent vomiting
- Flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever and worse cough
Stay safe this season and inform your family and friends of these medical conditions. During this significant time, take extra time throughout the day to wash your hands and disinfect high traffic areas in your office and home. If it prevents the spread of the flu, it is more than worth it.
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