Recognizing Flu Symptoms in Children and Adults and Where to Get Flu Shots in Bergen County

The flu is not something to take lightly. It is important to recognize the symptoms of the flu and then to seek the correct treatment.

Typical flu-like symptoms:

Fever (usually high)
Extreme tiredness
Dry cough
Runny or stuffy nose
Muscle aches
Sore throat
Sometimes vomiting
Sometimes diarrhea 
It is difficult to distinguish the flu from other infections on the basis of symptoms alone. A doctor’s exam may be needed to tell whether you have developed the flu or a complication of the flu. There are tests that can determine if you have the flu as long as you are tested within the first 2 or 3 days of illness.

If you develop flu-like symptoms and are concerned about your illness, especially if you are at high risk for complications of the flu, you should consult a healthcare provider. Those at high risk for complications include people 65 years or older, those with chronic medical conditions, pregnant women, and young children.

When to seek emergency care for children with flu:

Fast breathing or trouble breathing
Bluish or gray skin color
Not drinking enough fluids
Severe or persistent vomiting
Not waking up or not interacting
Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough 

When to seek emergency care for adults with flu:

Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
Sudden dizziness
Severe or persistent vomiting
Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough

Bergen County area flu information and clinics:

Bergen County residents can find general information regarding influenza surveillance and local flu clinics by clicking here.