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October 2009, Volume 39 Number 10 , p 61 - 62


  • Michelle Snow RN, BSN, MSHR, MSPH, PhD


WITH FLU SEASON starting, no doubt you're already seeing patients complaining of fever, malaise, headache, myalgia, nonproductive cough, pharyngitis, and rhinitis. Young patients may also present with otitis media, nausea, and vomiting. Most cases of seasonal flu spontaneously resolve within 3 to 7 days; however, the very young, older adults, and those who are immunocompromised may experience an exacerbation of other medical conditions and be at risk for developing sinusitis, otitis media, pneumonia, and fatal complications.

Influenza season typically occurs between late fall and early spring. Most people are susceptible to ...

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