How to Handle a Flu Emergency

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 14:  Phamacist Prakash Deshpande injects a patient with influenza vaccine at a Manhattan pharmacy on January 14, 2013 in New York City. The state of New York has declared a public health emergency in a flu epidemic of more than 19,000 confirmed cases in the state. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

How to Handle a Flu Emergency

When influenza can become dangerous.

Published January 10, 2014

What is a flu emergency?

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, a flu emergency can happen to anyone.

Here are some flu emergency facts that you need to be aware of.

What Are Normal Flu Symptoms?

Different strains of the influenza virus cause the flu. You get the flu by either inhaling the germ or picking it up on your hands and then touching your eyes or mouth. Symptoms usually appear one to four days later.

The flu can sometimes be difficult to distinguish from a cold. But the flu usually comes on faster and is more severe. Also, keep in mind that the  ”stomach flu” is not the same as influenza. The flu very rarely causes stomach or intestinal problems in adults.

Normal flu symptoms include:

—High fever


—Extreme exhaustion


—Sore throat

—Runny or stuffy nose

—Body aches

Learn more about what to do in a flu emergency at BlackDoctor.Org

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(Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Written by Marcus Williams, BlackDoctor.Org


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