While the flu epidemic has spread throughout the metropolitan area, emergencies, especially in large cities, are saturated. Recognizing the symptoms of influenza and especially knowing when to go to emergencies is necessary.
No region of France is spared from the current flu epidemic, with the exception of Corsica. Emergencies are stormed by patients, pushing public hospitals in Paris (AP-HP) to activate level 2 of the winter epidemic plan.
To avoid overloading hospital services, it is therefore important to know the symptoms of the flu, and to know when it is really important to go to the emergency room.
Recognize the flu
The first symptom of the flu is fever. Usually, she arrives suddenly. It can also be high, between 38 and 40 degrees.
The fever spurt does not come alone. It is accompanied by chills, body aches, headaches and very tired.
In other words, the flu is nailing you to bed. And this, usually for seven days. Time to heal.
When to consult a doctor ?
At the onset of these symptoms, it is not necessary to rush to the hospital or the doctor. Promote a consultation with the doctor if it is an infant, if you are pregnant or are over 65, or in case of chronic illness (diabetes, heart failure, respiratory or kidney ...)
It should also be consulted if there is a sudden aggravation and no improvement after 72 hours.
When to go to emergencies?
On the other hand, it is necessary to go directly to the emergency department if the flu seems very aggressive with a high fever at more than 40 ° C or poorly supported, and in case of unusual signs: shortness of breath at rest or difficulty to breathe, productive cough with sputum d purulent appearance, tightness in the chest, significant difficulty moving, very stiff neck, feeling of confusion, convulsions.
Even if you do not go to the emergency room "for nothing", the flu is obviously not an illness to be taken lightly.
According to an estimate of the health authorities, last year the epidemic caused an estimated 14,000 deaths mainly among young children, the elderly and the sick, of whom more than half were not vaccinated.