The seasonal flu is a contagious respiratory illness that affects 5-20% of US residents annually. Most cases of flu run their course associated fever, cough, sore throat, body aches and fatigue in five to seven days without a need for medical intervention.
Some members of the population, individuals over the age of 65, pregnant women, children under the age of 2 and those with compromised immune systems (due to underlying medical conditions) are more prone to complications associated with the flu. Flu-like illness can persist and lead to dangerous conditions: respiratory distress, pneumonia or increased issues with preexisting chronic illness.
These complications should be taken seriously. If you feel that you or a loved one has a related complication of flu or flu-like illness please don’t hesitate to seek prompt medical attention.