Flu in Adults (cont.)
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When Should Adults With the Flu Call a Doctor?
Most people with the flu take care of themselves at home and do not seek medical care.
Consult a doctor if the following situations occur:
Certain high-risk groups of people are in danger of developing complications from the flu and should contact their doctors if symptoms develop:
Complications may develop with the flu. Seek care in a hospital's emergency department for the following developments.
These symptoms and signs may signify a more severe and complicated attack of flu (for example, sinus and ear infections, bronchitis, and the development of pneumonia). Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs, and it may be caused by the flu virus itself or by a bacterial infection that may occur when the person is weakened during a flu attack.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/30/2015
Steven Fine, MD, PhD
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Influenza virus infection, one of the most common infectious diseases, is a highly contagious airborne disease that causes an acute febrile illness and results in variable degrees of systemic symptoms, ranging from mild fatigue to respiratory failure and death.