Press Release from Sedgwick County Health Department:
With the current H1N1 pandemic, many are unsure when they should seek medical attention for flu-like symptoms.
The Sedgwick County Health Department reminds individuals that most children and adults with the flu will recover without visiting a health care provider. Ill people may want to call his/her health care provider for advice on how to care for themselves at home.
Seeking care in a hospital emergency department for routine flu symptoms can mean additional expense and stress to the individual with flu-like symptoms and contribute to further spread of the virus in the community.
Ill individuals who are at high risk for flu complications (i.e. pregnant women; children younger than five; those older than 65 years; and individuals with chronic disease, HIV, or weakened immune systems) and people with more severe flu symptoms should contact their regular health care provider who can help them determine whether they need to be seen.