Health with Dr. Paula: Emergency Room during flu season

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The flu is sending people to hospitals and urgent-care centers in record numbers, but many of the people who rush there for treatment do not really need to.

Dr. Paula Walker-King stopped by News Leader 9 to discuss when to use the emergency room during flu season and some over-the-counter products that can be used at home.

She says that adult should seek medical treatment if they have difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, chest pain, severe vomiting or sudden dizziness and confusion.

For children, Dr. Paula says to seek medical treatment if they have rapid breathing, bluish skin color, not drinking enough fluids, difficulty waking up, or severe irritability.

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