What causes someone to be hospitalized for the flu?

If your flu symptoms don’t start getting better little-by-little after a few days, but instead continue getting worse, you can end up in need of medical attention, according to the U. S. Department of Health and Human ServicesOff Site Icon (HHS).

You should seek emergency medical assistance and could be hospitalized if you are experiencing these symptoms, according to the HHS:

  • Abdomen or chest pain or pressure
  • Becoming dizzy
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty breathing or feeling short of breath
  • Discoloration of the lips to blue or purple
  • Flu-like symptoms that seem to get better, but then return with a worse cough and fever
  • Seizures
  • Severe vomiting

If you are concerned that your flu symptoms are getting worse – especially if you have any of these symptoms listed, talk to your doctor right away.

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