Now Hiring! Apply Today!

Insurance Information Nursing Careers

Your Guide to Surviving the Flu Season

Your Guide to Surviving the Flu Season

Flu season is upon us, and it’s hitting Texas hard. With the CDC reporting elevated influenza activity nationwide, understanding how to protect your family is important.

This article offers essential insights and tips to help your family navigate the flu season safely.

Avoiding Infections During a Flu Epidemic

The annual flu vaccine is your first line of defense. While it might not fully prevent infection, it significantly reduces the severity and duration of symptoms. To stay ahead of the flu, consider these tips:

  • Get vaccinated – The flu shot is recommended for everyone above six months of age.
  • Practice good hygiene – Wash your hands frequently, and cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
  • Keep your environment clean – Regularly disinfect surfaces, especially in shared spaces.
  • Stay informed – Keep up-to-date with local health advisories and vaccine availability.

When Things Take a Turn for The Worse

It’s important to recognize when flu symptoms require medical attention. High-risk groups, including young children, the elderly, pregnant women, and those with chronic health conditions, should be particularly cautious. If you experience difficulty breathing, chest pain, persistent fever, or severe fatigue, seek medical help immediately.

Complications from the Flu

Flu complications can range from mild to life-threatening. Common complications include:

  • Sinus and ear infections
  • Pneumonia
  • Dehydration
  • Inflammation of the heart, brain, or muscle tissues
  • Multi-organ failure
  • Worsening of chronic medical conditions

Warning Signs You Should Not Ignore

If you or a loved one experience any of these symptoms, head to the nearest emergency facility:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • Sudden dizziness or confusion
  • Persistent or severe vomiting
  • Flu-like symptoms

Serious Flu Complications

If not promptly diagnosed and treated, some flu complications can become life-threatening.

  • Pneumonia – This lung infection is often bacterial, but viruses or fungi can also cause it.
  • Myocarditis – This refers to the inflammation of the heart muscle.
  • Encephalitis – This is the inflammation of the brain.
  • Myositis or Rhabdomyolysis – These conditions involve inflammation of the muscle tissue.
  • Intense Immune Response – In certain cases, a patient’s immune system may react excessively, causing extensive lung tissue damage. This can lead to difficulty in oxygenating the blood, potentially resulting in hypoxia and, in severe cases, death.

Physicians Premier is Here for You 24/7

At Physicians Premier, your Corpus Christi ER, your health is our priority. We’re open 24/7 to provide care and guidance throughout the flu season. Remember, early intervention can make all the difference in your recovery and overall health.

By taking proactive steps and being aware of the signs that indicate complications, you can navigate the flu season more safely. Stay vigilant, stay informed, and remember, Physicians Premier is always here to help.


“2023-2024 Texas Influenza Surveillance Activity,” Texas Health and Human Services,
“Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
“Who Should and Who Should NOT Get a Flu Vaccine,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
“Flu Symptoms & Complications,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
“Key Facts About Influenza (Flu),” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,