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The Flu: When to Get Help
The flu can make you feel miserable. But it's not usually serious. Most teens get better after resting at home for a couple of days. But a few people — especially those with other health problems — might get really sick.
So how do you know if you're sicker than you should be? Here are situations in which you need to get medical help.
Find someone to take you to the nearest emergency room (or, if you're alone, dial 911) if you have:
Are you babysitting or looking after a younger sibling who is sick? Get an adult's help immediately or call 911 if you notice a child has any of these problems:
What if you're with someone older — like a friend or family member? If the person has trouble breathing or is not reacting normally to you, dial 911. But if someone is coughing a lot but breathing comfortably, or if the person is tired but able to talk and react, suggest he or she call a doctor.
Potentially Serious Situations
Some people need to pay extra attention when they get the flu. Call your doctor for advice if:
Most people who get the flu will get better on their own at home after a few days. But if you have other health conditions or start noticing any of the problems mentioned above, get medical help.
Reviewed by: Elana Pearl Ben-Joseph, MD