When is Flu Season?
In the US, the flu season is considered October through May. Typically peak flu activity is December through February.
Preventing the Flu
- Get a flu shot
- Wash your hands many times a day
- Keep an alcohol-based hand sanitizer handy
- Wipe down doorknobs, phones, and light switches with a disinfectant wipe often
- Keep hands away from mouth/face
- Eat a healthy diet
- Get enough rest
- Exercise most days
- Visit our Flu Prevention Blog for more information
Flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, and fatigue. The influenza virus is not to be confused with gastroenteritis (stomach flu). Symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea is rare in adults but more common in children. People may be infected with the flu, and have respiratory symptoms without a fever.
If you think you might have the flu, taking an influenza test is a quick and easy way to confirm. Our physicians use state of the art testing technology to more accurately diagnose your symptoms and get you on the road to recovery sooner. Simply stop by your local Physicians Immediate Care clinic or reserve your time online to get tested.
How to Get Over the Flu
If you have the flu, our providers can prescribe antiviral drugs to reduce the severity of the illness and shorten the length of time that you are sick. Studies have shown that antiviral drugs can also prevent serious flu complications in people that are at a high risk for complications.
Flu antiviral drugs work best if begun within 2 days of getting sick, discuss with your provider the instructions for taking this drug.