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We’re Here for You During Flu Season

January 19, 2018

At ProHealth Physicians, we’ve been working to keep Connecticut healthy since 1997. The 2018 flu season is turning out to be more severe than usual, potentially the worst since 2014. We want 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. We encourage you to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Although vaccination is not 100% 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 our regional ProHealth Express Care walk-in centers to get your flu shot as soon as possible.

Signs & 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 these symptoms:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (very tired)
  • Some people, especially children, may have vomiting or diarrhea

Diagnosing Flu

It’s important to contact your doctor if you’re experiencing 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.

Treating Flu 

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; it 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 one of our regional ProHealth Express Care walk-in centers—just walk in, or call 888-344-0007 to make an appointment. Learn more about ProHealth hours and locations.

Help us keep you and your family healthy during this flu season!

Content source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention