Flu Vaccinations & Flu Treatments at Medical Center of Marin
What is the Flu?
Symptoms of the Flu
- Muscle aches (extreme at times)
- Body chills
- Sore throat
- Runny nose
How is the Flu Diagnosed?
Your doctor may diagnose you with the flu based on your symptoms and their clinical judgment, or they may choose to use an influenza diagnostic test. Testing can help the doctor decide which course of treatment to prescribe. During an outbreak of respiratory illness, testing for flu can help determine if flu viruses are the cause of the outbreak.
Treating the Flu
Flu treatment depends on many factors. Most importantly, early diagnosis with a flu test within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms will allow the doctor to prescribe antiviral medications which will help shorten the length of time of your illness. Presenting after the initial 48 hours, patients with the flu will still need treatment to help ameliorate the effects of the flu by prescribing treatments like antipyretics to reduce your fever and analgesics to relieve any pain or aches in addition to lots of fluid and bed rest.