For most people, getting the flu means a few days of fever, chills, body aches, a sore throat, and fatigue. But for certain groups of people, the flu isn’t just more severe, it’s potentially deadly.
Who is at risk, and why?
The people groups most at risk are those whose immune systems are not fully developed, like infants and young children, or whose immune systems have become compromised. People with compromised immune systems include elderly adults, pregnant mothers, people who are obese and people with preexisting medical conditions.
What flu symptoms are considered “normal”?
Fever, chills, aches, sore throat, and a general feeling of overall ickiness are the most common signs of the flu. Other symptoms that are considered typical include:
What flu symptoms should I be concerned about?
If you or a loved one are part of a people group that is at a higher risk for flu, you should know that some of the following symptoms are similar to typical symptoms of the flu. Other symptoms may not stand out as particularly dangerous to those of us with healthy immune systems, but like the flu itself, these symptoms can be deadly for people who are compromised.
When should I seek medical help for flu symptoms?
It’s difficult to distinguish some typical flu symptoms from those that are more serious. However, serious complications often display symptoms that are not common with the flu. You should seek medical help in the event of any of the following symptoms:
MedPlus not only treats the flu, but we also help you reduce your risk of getting the flu through the flu vaccine. Getting the flu shot doesn’t always prevent the flu, but it does cut the length of illness time, reduces symptoms and may just save your life.
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