Get fluent in flu

Are You Fluent in Flu?

Knowledge is power. And a little bit of knowledge can go a long way in protecting yourself and your loved ones from the dreaded flu (influenza) and any complications.

An annual flu shot is your first and best defense. But what if you or your child come down with what might be the flu? Can you identify the symptoms? And do you know what to do?

Whether you and your loved ones need their annual flu shot, a doctor or an emergency room – we're here for you. With 11 ERs, 9 urgent care clinics and over 35 primary care locations in the Kansas City area, you never have to travel far to get the compassionate, quality care you or child needs.

HCA Midwest flu videos

Keep scrolling to test your flu knowledge and get answers to common flu questions from the Kansas City ER experts at HCA Midwest.

What are the symptoms of the flu?

  • Fever*
  • Chills
  • Sore throat
  • Sneezing
  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Tiredness
  • Vomiting (more common in children)
  • Diarrhea (more common in children)

* You can still have the flu if you do not have a fever.

Do you know what to do if you or your child show signs of the flu? Learn what puts you at high-risk for complications and what symptoms warrant a trip to your Kansas City flu doctor or ER.

Flu in children

Children under five years old, and especially under two, are at increased risk for flu complications. If your child is in these high-risk groups and has flu symptoms, call your pediatrician. Seek emergency care immediately if your child:

  • Has blue or purplish skin color
  • Is so irritable that they don't want to be held
  • Cries without tears (in infants)
  • Has a fever with a rash
  • Has trouble waking up
  • Has trouble breathing
  • Has stomach or chest pain or pressure
  • Has signs of dehydration such as dizziness or not passing urine
  • Has confusion
  • Can't stop vomiting or can't drink enough fluids

What ERs near me treat kids?

The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months old and older get the flu shot every year