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When to go to ER for the flu

For common illnesses like the flu, prevention is always the best medicine. Prior to flu season, talk to your primary care physician about getting the flu shot, always be sure to wash your hands frequently with soap and hot water, and get eight hours of sleep a night. If you still find yourself sick, when should you go to the emergency room for the flu?

Call 911 or go to Crittenton’s Emergency Room if YOU:

  • Cannot catch your breath and experience difficulty breathing
  • Experience sudden dizziness, confusion, or lose consciousness
  • Feel an uncomfortable and persistent chest pain
  • Are vomiting uncontrollably

When should my family go to the Emergency Room for the flu?

The flu is a respiratory infection that can affect your immune system. Those most commonly susceptible to the flu are elderly adults and young children.

Call 911 or go to Crittenton’s Emergency Room if your CHILD or SENIOR family member:

  • Is not easily roused from sleep or will not wake up
  • Has a bluish skin hue or blue lips and no cough
  • Is not retaining or taking in fluids
  • Stops or has severe difficulty breathing

Normal aches? Fever? Sniffles? You may want to call your primary care physician first. Acknowledging that you are suffering from the flu is the best way to avoid the emergency room.  Talk to a Crittenton Primary Care Physician and be sure to give your body the rest it needs.

If you are currently in an emergency situation, please call 911 immediately.