Author: Alyssa Sota, Manager
The flu is still here! Our urgent care clinics are still seeing patients testing positive for the flu.
The flu, also known as influenza, is a contagious illness which is caused by a virus which affects mostly the nose, lungs and throat. It is easy to mistake the flu for a cold, because the symptoms are similar. Children younger than 2 years of age and adults 65 and older are at higher risk of developing complications from the flu or at higher risk of contracting the virus.
The main symptoms for influenza include:
- Sore throat
- Shortness of breath
- Body aches
The flu spreads through the air, so if a person diagnosed with the flu sneezes or coughs without covering their mouth, it is easily transmitted. Also the flu can be passed along through shared objects or touched things. Bottom line, the flu is very contagious.
Rest at home and drink lots of fluids because this will help your body fight the infection. If the flu is detected early, Tamiflu (a prescribed medication) can be helpful for a speedier recovery. Over-the-counter medications can help relieve the pain and ease symptoms.
- Getting the flu vaccine once a year, which is recommended.
- Covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze
- Avoid sharing cups/utensils
- Washing your hands regularly
- Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces
If you think you have the flu, it’s important to get tested early on so that antiviral medications are most effective if your provider prescribes them. Contact a healthcare provider right away if:
- You have flu symptoms and an underlying condition that puts you at higher risk for severe illness.
- Your symptoms don’t start to improve after seven to 10 days or if you have a fever lasting longer than three days.
- You’re pregnant and have a fever or other flu symptoms.
The information provided is for general interest only and should not be misconstrued as a diagnosis, prognosis or treatment recommendation. This information does not in any way constitute the practice of medicine, or any other health care profession. Readers are directed to consult their health care provider regarding their specific health situation. Marque Medical is not liable for any action taken by a reader based upon this information.