Impact of the Flu
The flu isn’t always thought of as a serious or life-threatening illness. Because of the dangers and complications influenza can have in older adults, children, and people with health problems, the perception of flu severity is changing.
Older adults, young children, and people with specific health conditions are at higher risk for serious flu complications.
Complications of the Flu
Each flu season, different flu viruses spread and affect people differently based on their body’s ability to fight infection.
Emergency Warning Signs in Adults
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath.
- Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen.
- Sudden dizziness.
- Severe or persistent vomiting.
Emergency Warning Signs in Children
- Fast breathing or trouble breathing.
- Bluish skin color.
- Not drinking enough fluids.
- 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 a fever and a worse cough.
- Fever with a rash.