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The 2018 flu season is turning out to be more severe than usual, potentially the worst since 2014.The staff at ProHealth wants to be sure you avoid the flu or, if you do get sick, that you get well as soon as possible.
If you haven't been vaccinated yet this flu season, it's not too late. ProHealth encourages you to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Although vaccination is not 100 percent effective in preventing the flu, it still provides some protection and can help reduce the severity of flu symptoms. Visit your ProHealth Physicians doctor's office or one of their regional ProHealth Express Care walk-in centers to get your flu shot as soon as possible.
Signs and symptoms of Influenza (the flu)
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness and symptoms are often similar to a cold. However, people with the flu have more severe symptoms that typically come on suddenly, usually with a fever and body aches. People who have the flu usually feel some or all of the symptoms, which can include fever or chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue (very tired). Some people, especially children, may experience vomiting or diarrhea.
It's important to contact your doctor if you experience some or all of the symptoms above. Your doctor will assess your symptoms and examine you, and possibly do a test for the flu, in order to determine whether you have the flu or another respiratory illness.
Many cases of the flu are treated with supportive care such as drinking extra fluids, resting and using over-the-counter medicines like ibuprofen or Tylenol. If you are diagnosed with the flu, your doctor may prescribe an antiviral medication to help you recover more quickly; this may also help reduce the severity of your symptoms. These medications work best when started within the first 48 hours of illness.
If you haven't had a flu shot, or are experiencing flu-like symptoms, call your doctor to schedule an appointment today. If you need an evening or weekend appointment when your doctor's office is closed, visit a regional ProHealth Express Care walk-in center - just walk in, or call 888-344-0007 to make an appointment. Go to ProHealthMD.com/ExpressCare for hours and locations.