Colds & Flu

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Colds & Flu

When to call the doctor

For children:

  • A fever above 103 degrees or one that lasts for more than 3 days
  • Symptoms that persist for more than 10 days
  • Trouble breathing, fast breathing or wheezing
  • Bluish skin color
  • Earache or drainage from the ear
  • Changes in mental state (such as not waking up, irritability or seizures)
  • Flu-like symptoms that improve, but return with a fever and a worse cough


For adults:

  • A high (above 102 degrees), prolonged fever
  • Symptoms that last for more than 10 days or worsen
  • Trouble breathing or shortness of breath
  • Chest pain or pressure
  • Fainting or feeling faint
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Severe pain in face or forehead
  • Hoarseness, sore throat or a cough that persists more than 10 days


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