2. Act Fast
The first thing to do when it comes to the flu is seek treatment, especially if that sick person is a child or an elderly person. To determine whether that should take place at home, at a doctor’s office, or in rare cases the emergency room, you need to determine whether you’re in a high risk group or if the illness is severe. Someone in a high risk group would be children under 5 (especially under the age of 2), adults over the age of 65, pregnant women, residents of nursing homes or long-term care facilities, or people with certain medical conditions. If qualify to be in the high risk group, then you should contact your healthcare professional as soon as possible. The only time you will rush to the emergency room is if you’re showing emergency warning signs which we will explain in the following slide.