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Flu Season Information

Flu Season Information

Flu Season Information

At PinnacleHealth, the health of our patients and staff is our number one priority. If you are not feeling well, please do not visit patients in the hospital. This is especially true if you have cold, or flu-like symptoms (fever, congestion, sneezing, cough).

Hand Washing

Please remember to wash your hands frequently. Antibacterial hand sanitizer is available in the main lobbies, emergency department lobbies, patient rooms and nursing stations. Frequent hand washing will help prevent the spread of flu to our friends, family, patients, co-workers and their visitors.

Check for Flu Symptoms

Most healthy children and adults experiencing the following symptoms should stay home the first 24 hours. Those with high-risk health issues should call the doctor first, and consider getting care through their primary care doctor or urgent care center instead of going to the emergency room, unless symptoms worsen.

Symptoms are usually sudden and include:

  • Fever (often high)
  • Headache (often severe)
  • Muscle/body aching (often severe)
  • Runny or congested nose
  • Sore Throat
  • Cough
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea (not as common as the other symptoms and less common in adults with the flu)

Flu Symptoms that Require Emergency Care

According to the Centers for Disease control, flu symptoms that require emergency care in children include:

  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • Bluish skin color
  • Not drinking enough fluids
  • Not waking up or not interacting
  • Significant irritability so that the child does not want to be held
  • Flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever and worse cough
  • Fever with a rash

In addition to the signs above, get medical help right away for any infant who has any of these signs:

  • Inability or unwillingness to eat
  • Trouble breathing
  • No tears when crying
  • Significantly fewer wet diapers than normal

Do not give over-the-counter medication to children under four without physician approval.

According to the Centers for Disease control, flu symptoms that require emergency care in adults 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 that improve but then return with fever and worse cough

Need assistance? Call our Nurse Advice Line  24/7 for help deciding where to go: 866-9-NURSE1 (866-968-7731).  

 

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