Influenza is caused by a virus and cannot be treated with antibiotics. It takes time for a person to recover from influenza. Help the ill person get enough to drink and feel as comfortable as possible.
Influenza symptoms can come on fast and send you to bed feeling weak and worn out. This is a normal part of influenza. It may take 3-5 days for symptoms to improve, but symptoms can last longer. Most people do not need to see a doctor or go to the emergency room. Like the common cold–treat the symptoms. Antibiotics do not work on influenza and cold viruses.
Call your doctor or 911 IF the sick person:
Has difficulty breathing or has chest pain
Has gray/blue lips or skin
Has fever above 104º F (above 101º F for a child) that cannot be reduced with medication
Has severe or persistent coughing
Has a sign of dehydration
Has a seizure
Is unable to move an arm or leg
Is confused or not waking up
Improves and then symptoms return
A child's symptoms can change rapidly, so monitor them closely.
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