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When Should You Take Your Child to the Emergency Dept.?

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To avoid local emergency departments from being severely impacted with people bringing in children to be tested for H1N1 flu, the County asks that only those individuals who develop complications from influenza-like illness be evaluated by their primary care physician.

Get medical attention for your child immediately if you see the following symptoms:

  • If your child is under 12 weeks of age and has a fever with irritability, cough or vomiting
  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • Bluish or gray skin or lips
  • Not drinking fluids
  • Severe vomiting
  • Irritable, does not want to be held
  • Not waking or interacting
  • Flu-like symptoms improve but return, and fever and cough worsen  

Children under the age of five have a greater risk of complications. Other risk factors for children and adults include:

  • pregnancy
  • underlying conditions such as asthma; diabetes; suppressed immune systems; heart disease; neurocognitive and neuromuscular disorders; and obesity, which is a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 35 or more

For more information

County H1N1 Flu Site
Phone information: 2-1-1
CDC H1N1 Flu Site

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