Fighting Flu: When You Should Go to the Hospital

A 26-year-old newlywed died of sepsis 5 days after experiencing flu symptoms.

Katie McQuestion started feeling sick on Monday, and she died on Friday of sepsis, her mother told ABC News. She was just married in September.

In Nevada, hospitals are so full of flu patients that public health officials are asking people without emergencies to seek care somewhere else, according to several news outlets in the state.

If you don't have the above conditions, here's when you or your family should call your doctor or take you to the hospital:

  • If you can't catch your breath or breathing is painful
  • If you can't keep fluids down
  • If there's blood in the phlegm you're coughing up
  • If you can't think clearly and your speech is slurred
  • If you're too weak to stand