Should I call 9-1-1 for a person having a seizure?

Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number for a person having a seizure if:
  • The seizure lasts more than five minutes
  • The person has multiple seizures with no signs of slowing down
  • The person appears to be injured or fails to regain consciousness after the seizure
  • The cause of the seizure is unknown
  • The person is pregnant
  • The person has diabetes
  • The person is a young child or an infant and experienced a febrile seizure brought on by a high fever
  • The seizure takes place in water
  • The person is elderly and could have suffered a stroke
  • This is the person’s first seizure


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