If you have the sudden onset of any of the following symptoms, you may have influenza, or what is commonly referred to as the flu:
- High temperature, feeling feverish or experiencing chills
- Achy body, or myalgias
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Feeling tired or run down
- Vomiting or diarrhea (more common in children than adults)
Visit your nearest MedSpring to consult with a physician about your flu symptoms and treatment.
The flu season slightly varies each year; however, flu season typically peaks during the winter months. December through February typically see the highest amount of patients ill with flu-related causes.
What is the flu?
Influenza (commonly known as “flu”) is primarily caused by two types of influenza viruses: A and B. Flu is a very contagious respiratory illness.
How serious is the flu?
Influenza can cause anywhere from mild to severe illness. It can even unfortunately result in death. If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, you should seek medical care promptly.
Some groups of people are more affected by the flu virus than others, and should ensure that they get vaccinated every year. However, the CDC recommends that everyone aged 6 months and older should get the flu vaccination, with rare exception.
Diagnosis and Treatment
Diagnosing flu is usually done by reviewing your symptoms with a medical professional. A flu test can also be used to confirm an influenza diagnosis.
To treat flu, your doctor will choose the best medical plan of action for your level of flu severity. This may include prescribed or over-the-counter medications. There are antiviral medications available depending on the length of time you’ve had the flu. If you experience flu-like symptoms, it’s important to visit your doctor who can assess what level of treatment is needed for you to start feeling better.
How to Prevent the Flu & the Spread of the Flu
The best way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated early – the antibodies in flu vaccines can take up to two weeks to develop in your body, so it’s important to get vaccinated before the season! (Walk into your nearest MedSpring for a flu shot this year!)
Prevent the spread of this contagious respiratory illness by:
- Frequent hand washing
- Covering your cough (vampire-cough, or cough into your sleeve)
- Avoiding ill people
- Limiting touching your face
If you have the flu, most medical experts recommend avoiding public places until your fever resolves to avoid spreading it to healthy people.
Whether you have the flu or not, MedSpring is here for you to help you get back to feeling better. Walk-in or schedule a same day appointment at any of our urgent care centers.