Normally, people recover from the flu after within a week or two. But sometimes, the flu can lead to dangerous complications that require emergency care.
The CDC estimates that 200,000 people in the U.S. are hospitalized because of the flu every year. 36, 000 thousand die from the flu annually. While infants, the elderly, and people with certain diseases or a weakened immune system tend to be the most vulnerable. Here are some flu emergency facts that you need to be aware of. Serious flu-related complications include: Pneumonia, an infection of the lungs.
If you, or your child, develop any of the following symptoms, contact your health care provider immediately, since medical treatment is often necessary: Coughing up blood- or green-tinged mucus; croup, which causes a loud barking cough, Wheezing,
Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, or rapid breathing, Pain or pressure in the chest, Confusion, Bluish colored lips or nails, High fever that last longer than normal, A constant cough that lasts longer than expected and/or worsens over time.
If you or a family member suffer from any flu emergency symptoms, it is extremely important to either call a doctor immediately, or to go to the emergency room.