Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is a serious respiratory disease. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year, 200,000 Americans are hospitalized due to flu-related complications, with as many as 49,000 deaths from influenza-related causes.
What you thought was just a little cold could be the flu. Whenever you think you have the flu, talk to your doctor about treatment right away. Treating the flu virus at its source may help limit its ability to spread in your body.
*It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.
1. Take Time to Get Your Flu Shot
2. Take Everyday Preventive Actions
3. Take Flu Antiviral Drugs (if your doctor recommends them)
The flu vaccine is recommended to all persons six months of age and older, including healthy adults. It is especially important to get a flu vaccine if you are:
You can always contact your physician’s office to get your flu shot. Below is a brief list of local resources where you and your family can get the flu vaccination.
Most people with the flu have mild illness and do not need medical care or anti-viral drugs. If you get sick with flu symptoms, in most cases, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people except to get medical care. If, however, you have symptoms of flu and are very sick or worried about your illness, contact your health care provider (doctor, physician's assistant, etc.).
Health care providers will determine whether influenza testing and possible treatment are needed. Your doctor may prescribe anti-viral drugs that can treat the flu. These drugs work better for treatment the sooner they are started.
The most common symptoms include:
If you are experiencing flu symptoms, either:
See a local Urgent Care today if you have flu symptoms and you belong to a group at risk of developing complications, such as:
Treatment within 24-48 hours may be very important. For more information contact the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or your nearest Urgent Care facility.
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