Influenza is a viral infection that causes mild to severe symptoms such
as fever, chills, sore throat, cough, and fatigue. Most people recover
from the flu within seven to 10 days, although fatigue and coughing may
linger. Some individuals may develop complications of the flu and require
care in a community hospital. If a loved one has contracted the flu, you
can help him or her feel better during recovery. In the event that complications
develop, your loved one will find compassionate care at
Riverside Community Hospital.
Know When to Seek Medical Help
If your loved one has severe symptoms or is at a high risk of complications
from the flu, it’s a good idea to call his or her doctor. High-risk
populations include women who are pregnant, those who are 65 years of
age and older, and young children, especially those under the age of two.
Individuals with certain medical conditions are also at an increased risk
of complications. These conditions include asthma, heart disease, neurological
conditions, and suppressed immune system. A doctor at your community hospital
may prescribe antiviral drugs to individuals at a high risk of complications,
which can include pneumonia, bronchitis, and worsening chronic conditions.
Protect Yourself from Germs
caring for your loved one at home, remember to protect yourself from contracting the virus. After being
in contact with the individual or surfaces that he or she has touched,
you should wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. If your child
is ill, try to hold him or her in a way that prevents him or her from
coughing into your face.
Encourage your loved one to sip fluids frequently throughout the day. Water
is ideal; however, broth-based soups, juices, and ice pops can also help
If your loved one may be experiencing complications of the flu, the
emergency physicians at Riverside Community Hospital are here to help. Your family is also
invited to visit our hospital in Riverside to receive flu vaccines or
our other healthcare services, including Ob/Gyn care, bariatric weight
loss, and heart health services. If you would like to speak with a registered
nurse at our hospital, call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (951) 788-3463.