In this podcast, Dr. Joe Bresee describes the main symptoms of seasonal flu and when it is serious enough to seek medical help. Created: 9/29/2010 by National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD).
Date Released: 9/29/2010. Series Name: CDC Featured Podcasts.
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[Host] Dr. Bresee, how will we know when we have the flu?
[Dr. Joe Bresee] Well, the symptoms of seasonal flu include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches, chills, and fatigue. Some people may also have vomiting or diarrhea, especially in children. Of course, some people get seriously ill, and hospitals will have to focus on those in the greatest need. Because of that, people have to make a judgment about when to go to the doctor.
[Host] And how will people know when it's serious enough to get medical help?
[Dr. Joe Bresee] People with the following symptoms should call for emergency medical help immediately: signs of breathing or heart problems, like chest pain, shortness of breath, bluish or purplish lips; signs of dehydration, like yellowish or leathery skin, decreased urination, or confusion. Sometimes children will have no tears when they cry.
[Host] And Doctor, where can people go to get a full list of these symptoms?
[Dr. Joe Bresee] For more information, people should visit www.cdc.gov/flu or call 1-800-CDC-INFO.
[Host] Thank you, Doctor.
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