Protect yourself and your family from the Flu!
Many of us consider the flu a mild, common, and short-lived illness. However, for certain populations, the flu can lead to very serious complications, such as pneumonia, bronchitis, and even death. The CDC lists the following people as high risk:
- Adults 65 years of age and older
- Children younger than 5, especially younger than 2
- Pregnant women (and women up to two weeks postpartum)
- Residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
- People who have certain chronic medical conditions (e.g. asthma, diabetes, heart disease)
Each year scientists, virologists, and laboratories collaborate to update the vaccine to improve its effectiveness vs the Flu virus. Vaccination is proven to lessen your overall risk of flu, flu-related complications, and chance of spreading the virus others. If you or a loved one wish to give yourself the best chance of staying healthy a Flu Vaccination is suggested – especially if you are in a high risk category. Read more on vaccination here.
If you become infected with the influenza virus the symptoms you will likely experience include some or all of the following:
- Severe Cough
- Itchy Sore Throat
- Congested Sinuses
- High Fever
- Body Aches
If you’re not feeling well, and your symptoms indicate influenza, act quickly. When it comes to flu treatment, time is of the essence. Antiviral drugs can lessen the severity of your illness and shorten the time you are sick by 1-2 days. However, these drugs work best when taken promptly– within 2 days of getting sick. So when flu symptoms appear, don’t wait. The sooner you seek treatment, the sooner you can feel better.
You can walk into our urgent care 7 days a week, no appointment necessary and we will diagnose your condition and craft a treatment plan that will help you feel better faster for less.