According to the CDC, as many as 1 in 5 people will get the flu in any given year. While most people that have the flu will experience mild illness and will not require medical attention, certain high risk groups such as pregnant women, adults ages 65 and over, young children and people with certain medical conditions may need intervention.

What Are Common Flu Symptoms?

You may have the flu if you are experiencing symptoms such as:

  • Runny nose
  • Coughing
  • Sore throat
  • Fever
  • Body aches
  • Head ache
  • Fatigue
  • Chills
  • Vomiting or diarrhea

Do I Need to Visit the Urgent Care Center?

If you are mildly ill and your symptoms are effectively managed with over-the-counter medication, you do not need to visit the urgent care center. If you are in a high risk group or if you are concerned about the severity of your symptoms, call your medical care provider.

Emergency Warning Signs

You may need to go to the urgent care center if you have any of these symptoms.

In adults:

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty with breathing
  • Confusion
  • Persistent dizziness
  • Severe vomiting
  • Chest or abdominal pain

In children:

  • Fast or labored breathing
  • Bluish skin tone
  • Fever accompanied by a rash
  • Not waking up or not interacting
  • Not drinking enough fluids

In addition to the above symptoms, an infant should receive immediate care if they exhibit these signs:

  • Signs of dehydration, such as fewer wet diapers or lack of tears when crying
  • Inability to eat
  • Difficulty breathing