The flu, also known as influenza, is a viral infection that attacks your nose, throat, and lungs, which all make up your respiratory system. Flu symptoms include weakness, flushed skin, headaches, dry cough, sore throat, runny nose, and aching joints, and because of the flu’s contagious nature, can keep people out of work for an extended period depending on the severity of the condition.
While for most, it’s easy to overcome the flu, those with weak or developing immune systems may experience complications that are more serious, even to the point of it being deadly. For children under 5, adults older than 65, pregnant women, and those with chronic illnesses, you need to consult with a doctor as soon as you’re experiencing the symptoms of the flu.
In all medicine, the best thing that you can do for your body is to be proactive. Annually, it’s recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that you receive a vaccination, which provides you with protection from the most common strains of the influenza virus that year. Get your vaccination by visiting Niagara Falls Urgent Care today.
By getting vaccinated, washing your hands frequently, avoiding coughing and sneezing into your hands (contaminating them as a result), and avoiding crowds where the flu may be spreading, you’re doing what you can to prevent yourself from getting the flu. Even if you have the vaccine, it’s still important to be cautious. While the influenza vaccination works well, it’s not 100% effective.
If you have the flu, the first thing you need to understand is that you’re highly contagious. Because of this, you need to avoid contact with other people as much as you possibly can. While at home, you should be resting and drinking plenty of fluids.
Depending on the severity of your condition, your doctor may prescribe you medicine that can shorten the length of your symptoms. Come into Niagara Falls Urgent Care so that we can determine if you have the flu and recommend the best treatment plan for your body.
Niagara Falls Urgent Care works with most major insurance plans. If you have any questions, feel free to give our office a call and one of our knowledgeable staff members will be happy to help.
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