It's important to be safe during the influenza season.  Often, people are confused as to when  they should contact a doctor - of if they need  to.

The Northland Chapter of the American Red Cross passes along the following guidelines as to when someone should see a doctor, if they think that they are affected by influenza.  Call a physician if the sick person exhibits any of the following symptoms:

  • Fast breathing, trouble breathing or bluish skin color.
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen (adults).
  • Confusion or sudden dizziness.
  • Not drinking enough fluids, not being able to eat, or severe or persistent vomiting.
  • Flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever and worse cough.
  • Not waking up, being so irritable that the child does not want to be held or not interacting (children).
  • Fever with a rash (children).
  • No tears when crying or significantly fewer wet diapers than normal (children).

As always, use your own discretion and if you have any doubts - contact a medical professional.