Guide to Care: Flu Handout

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Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. This guide is designed to provide you with valuable information on understanding and managing the flu effectively. While the flu can be uncomfortable, a combination of proper rest, hydration, and medication can help alleviate symptoms.

There are two main types of influenza (flu) viruses: types A and B. Responsible for seasonal flu epidemics each year, these viruses spread through respiratory droplets and contact with contaminated surfaces. Differentiating from a seasonal cold, the flu typically manifests suddenly with high fever, severe body aches, and fatigue. It's essential to recognize flu symptoms early, as prompt testing can determine if antiviral medicine is necessary.

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Flu Symptoms:

  • Fever, chills, severe cough, sore throat, body aches, fatigue.
  • Headaches, vomiting, diarrhea (more common in children).
  • Office provides flu swabs and testing; early testing crucial.

Treatment for Flu:

  • Tylenol or Motrin for pain/fever relief.
  • Benadryl for sleep and cough suppression.
  • Flonase for nasal congestion.
  • Rest, hydration, and minimizing contact with others.

During the contagious period, it is advisable to stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever subsides without the use of medication. Recognizing red flag symptoms is crucial, as they warrant immediate medical attention. 

Regarding flu vaccination, our office offers this season's flu shots for your convenience. It is recommended to check your insurance coverage or explore for additional options. It's important to note that the flu vaccine does not cause the flu, and its protective effects take approximately two weeks to develop.

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