Flu Treatment Clinic in Staten Island, South Fallsburg, Boro Park, and Williamsburg, NY
Do you have the flu? Consider Chai Urgent Care as we offer flu treatment to those who are suffering from it. Visit us at a location near you. For more information, please call us or schedule an appointment online.
Flu is one of the most common illnesses in the United States, affecting millions of adults and children every year. The virus can trigger sinus and ear infections, asthma, and more dangerous complications ranging from organ failure and inflammation of the heart or brain to death. Prevention is the best way to avoid these complications and the uncomfortable symptoms associated with influenza, but those infected should seek treatment immediately. Be sure to visit Chai Urgent Care to get a flu vaccine each year or to consult with a doctor if you notice symptoms of the flu.
Understanding The Flu
The flu peaks in October and November and can remain common as late as May. While influenza shares some symptoms with the common cold, it is far more dangerous. Symptoms tend to appear quickly and may last up to two weeks, although the worst will only last a few days. Signs to watch for include:
- Body aches
- Runny/stuffy nose
- Sore throat
Not all patients will run a fever, and others, especially children, may experience vomiting and/or diarrhea. Prolonged vomiting or diarrhea may lead to dehydration and should be reported to your doctor.
The Flu Vaccine
Most flu vaccinations use a combination of several common viral strains, such as H1N1, H3N2, and influenza B administered via injection, jet injector, or nasal spray. Even healthy immune systems may struggle to fight the full force of the flu virus, but vaccines introduce a more manageable level of infection that can be easily defeated. Once your immune system has developed antibodies, they will protect you any time you are exposed to influenza. You may still be vulnerable to some strains of flu even after vaccination, as new strains develop over time and this year’s vaccine is based on last year’s flu virus. However, vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and those around you.
Why Should I Get A Flu Shot?
The flu vaccine greatly reduces your chances of becoming ill and spreading it to others, especially those who are most vulnerable to complications, hospitalization, and death. These individuals include:
- Children under the age of two
- Adults over the age of 65
- Women who are pregnant or nursing
- Those with chronic health conditions, metabolic disorders, asthma, and conditions that weaken the immune system, such as cancer, HIV, and AIDS
- Adults living in long-term care facilities
Some people should not receive a flu vaccine, including children under six months of age and anyone with allergies to common vaccine components. Speak with your doctor to determine if a flu shot is right for you.
Other Prevention Methods and Flu Treatment
In addition to vaccination, frequent hand washing, staying home when flu-like symptoms appear, and avoiding those who are already infected can help prevent the spread of influenza. However, some people may become infected even after vaccination and following these steps. Your doctor will perform a physical exam and/or testing to determine if you have the flu and if you require treatment. In most cases, bed rest and fluids are the most appropriate flu treatment. By taking it easy and drinking plenty of water and electrolyte-rich fluids, you can avoid dehydration and begin feeling better. If you are especially vulnerable to serious flu complications, your doctor may also prescribe antiviral medications to help speed recovery. If at all possible, stay out of work or school until symptoms pass and you feel ready for typical activity.
Flu Vaccines and Treatment in Your Community in NJ & NY
Whether you need a flu vaccine or suspect you have influenza, Chai Urgent Care is here for you. Our caring doctors are available until midnight every day of the week to deliver the care you deserve whenever you need it. To learn more, contact us online or visit one of our locations in New Jersey and New York today.