Coming down with the flu can be down-right miserable. From the fatigue to the stuffy nose to the chills and aching muscles, the symptoms of the flu can bring your busy schedule to a screeching halt. If you think you have the flu, the compassionate clinicians at Chai Urgent Care can help with these flu treatment options and advice for preventing the spread of the flu to family and friends.
Flu Treatment Options
While there is a vaccine to help prevent seasonal flu, the effectiveness varies from year to year and person to person. If you do become ill with the flu, a doctor can prescribe you antiviral drugs, such as Tamiflu®, Relenza®, or Rapivab®, that can shorten the length of your illness as well as lessen the severity of your symptoms. Because of the serious complications that may occur with the flu, antiviral drugs are especially important for anyone who is hospitalized with the flu, people who are 65 years of age or older, pregnant women, young children, people with asthma, and other high-risk groups. The earlier you start taking antiviral drugs, the better. They work best when taken within two days of becoming ill.
If you are not in a high-risk group, and your symptoms are not severe enough to warrant hospitalization, you may not need antiviral drugs. In cases of mild to moderate symptoms, the best thing to do is stay home, rest, and drink plenty of water and other fluids to prevent dehydration. Your immune system needs time and energy to fight off the influenza virus. You should be back to complete health within one to two weeks.
Help Stop the Spread of Flu
Getting the flu vaccine every year is the best way to prevent getting and spreading the flu, but after you’ve contracted the flu there are some important things you can do to stop the spread of the illness to others. To prevent the flu from spreading to your friends and family you should:
- Avoid close contact with others while you are sick
- Stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever has gone
- Wash your hands regularly with soap and water
- If soap and water aren’t immediately available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Disinfect surfaces that may be contaminated
- Use tissues when you sneeze or cough to contain the virus
- Try to avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
Chai Urgent Care Offers Flu Treatment in New Jersey and New York
Getting the care you need early is the best way to avoid flu complications, such as pneumonia or sepsis, which can be life-threatening. If you are experiencing symptoms of the flu, you can visit Chai Urgent Care to receive compassionate flu treatment no matter how severe your symptoms are. We’re open until midnight every day of the year, and there’s no need to make an appointment. Contact us online or call one of our convenient locations in New Jersey and New York to learn more about your anti-viral drug treatment options.