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Dangers of the flu

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Flu is a serious illness.

Influenza usually causes mild to moderate symptoms in otherwise healthy people, however, it can lead to serious and sometimes fatal complications.

Every year, complications of the seasonal flu kill about 24,000 people and hospitalize another 200,000 in the U.S. alone.

Visit any Marshfield Clinic primary care location during regular business hours for your flu shot.

Emergency warning signs

In children, emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:

  • Rapid breathing or trouble breathing 
  • Bluish or gray skin color 
  • Not drinking enough fluids 
  • Severe or persistent vomiting 
  • 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

In adults, emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath 
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen 
  • Sudden dizziness 
  • Confusion 
  • Severe or persistent vomiting 
  • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough

 

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