Who can alter medication prescriptions?

You or your child’s doctor can make changes to your medication prescriptions. Keep a list of all the medications you take, including over-the-counter medicines, as well as any vitamins, herbs, or dietary supplements. Bring this list with you to your appointments. Be sure to tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbs.

Check with your doctor or pharmacist before making any changes to your prescriptions. Be sure to keep a written list of all the medications you take.

How can I change my doctor?

If you have a new doctor, you can ask that your current doctor:

  • Not prescribe you any new medicines
  • Not tell you about any new information about your condition
  • Not recommend any new tests
  • Keep all your medical records

Sometimes, you or your family may want to change the doctor who is treating your child’s condition. You or your child’s new doctor can discuss this with the doctor you have.

Ask your provider when your child’s next checkup with that doctor will be. You and your family should also ask when you can expect the results of any tests done.

Check with your health insurance about the cost of seeing a new doctor. Your new doctor may charge you a fee for seeing them.

Tell other members of your family about your child’s condition. They may want to ask their own doctors about your child’s condition.

Should I see a new doctor right away?

You should call your current doctor right away if you have any of these symptoms:

Your child has any of these signs or symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Signs of dehydration
  • Signs of infection, such as a fever or sore throat
  • Severe drowsiness
  • Vomiting

Watchful waiting

If you have certain symptoms, such as a fever, but you do not have all the signs of an infection, you may be given a watchful waiting plan. Your doctor will monitor you closely to see if your symptoms get worse. If they do, your doctor will change your treatment plan.

You may also be given a watchful waiting plan if you:

  • Have symptoms of a cold or flu
  • Have had a recent illness that came back
  • Have a chronic illness or condition
  • Are over age 65

Watchful waiting is not a cure for anything, but it can help you feel better until you can get the right treatment.

Outlook (Prognosis)

Your outlook depends on many factors, including:

  • How quickly you seek treatment
  • Your overall health
  • The kind of treatment you get
  • Your age
  • Other health problems you have
  • How well you take care of yourself

If you have symptoms for a long time, you may not be able to get better. With the right treatment, most people with the flu can get better.

It is important to see your regular doctor if you have symptoms of the flu. Your doctor can work with your child’s doctor to help make sure you get the best treatment.

What are the complications from the flu?

The symptoms of the flu can be mild or severe. They include:

  • A headache
  • Sore throat
  • Body aches
  • Fatigue
  • Low-grade fevers
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing

Other symptoms of the flu can include:

  • Chills
  • Muscle aches
  • Generalized body aches
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

People who have any of these symptoms are at risk of serious complications. These can include:

  • Severe dehydration
  • Infection of the lungs (pneumonia)
  • Heart or blood vessel problems
  • Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)
  • Death

What can I do to prevent complications from the flu?

The best way to prevent complications from the flu is to get treatment from your regular doctor.

If you have any of the following symptoms, see your regular doctor right away:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Extreme weakness
  • Extreme dizziness
  • Extreme drowsiness

It is important to get treatment for the flu. The sooner you get treatment, the better your outcome will be.

What are the treatment options for the flu?

If you think you have the flu, you should see your regular doctor right away. They can work with your child’s doctor to make sure you get the best treatment.

The following steps can help make you feel better:

  • Drink plenty of fluids. This will help make you urinate more often and keep your throat and mouth from feeling dry.
  • Stay away from people who are sick. You can help prevent the spread of germs by staying away from people who are sick.
  • Use a humidifier or vaporizer. This can help keep the air in your house from getting too dry.
  • Take over-the-counter medicines. These can help relieve mild aches and pains.
  • Take pain relievers. This can help relieve headaches and muscle aches.
  • Take fever reducers. This can help relieve the high-temperature feeling that can come with the flu.
  • Take cough suppressants. This can keep you from coughing and help you sleep.
  • Take pain medication. This can help relieve the pain from muscle aches and headaches.
  • Take decongestants. This can help relieve sore throat.
  • Take antihistamines. This can help relieve runny nose and sneezing.
  • Take OTC or prescription cough or cold medicines. These can help relieve coughing and shortness of breath.

You may need to stay in bed if you get very sick. You may not be able to get out of bed at all. You should be careful to avoid falling or getting up from the bed.

How do I get the flu shot?

The flu shot is not recommended for everyone. You should talk to your doctor about whether the flu shot is right for you.

You may not be able to get the flu shot right away. If you miss the appointment, you will need to go back in and get a new one.

If you get the flu shot, you may get sick again within a week. You should call your doctor if you get sick with the flu within 2 weeks of getting the flu shot.

The bottom line

The flu shot is an annual vaccination that can help prevent the flu.

A flu shot is recommended for everyone age 6 months and older. A child should get the flu shot every year.

The flu shot is not recommended for people who:

  • Are at high risk for flu complications
  • Have a weakened immune system
  • Have had the flu within the last year
  • Have a chronic illness
  • Have a medical condition such as leukemia or kidney disease

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