Flu is a common condition that can make you feel very sick and could be dangerous if you’re not in good health. If you have symptoms of the flu, Philip H. Lee, DO, and the team at West Hills Urgent Care in West Hills, California, can help. They provide free consultations and testing for the flu and can send you off with a doctor’s note for school if needed. Call West Hills Urgent Care today to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.
Flu is short for influenza. It’s a viral infection that most people experience at some point throughout their life. Flu causes symptoms such as:
You might also get an ear or sinus infection when you have the flu. In severe cases, having the flu can make you vulnerable to pneumonia. If you’re generally strong and healthy, you should be able to recover from the flu without any lasting effects, but it can lead to fatal complications, so you should take it seriously.
Flu spreads between people rapidly. Anyone who is already sick with the flu will be coughing and sneezing. That means they’re spraying tiny droplets of mucus into the air and leaving them on anything they touch. If you come into contact with these droplets or breathe them in, you could transfer the virus to your nose or mouth.
If you’ve already had that type of flu, your immune system can fight it off. If you haven’t had that specific strain of flu virus, your body has to create antibodies as it tries to fight off this strain.
Having a flu shot could prevent you from catching the strain of flu virus that’s most widespread at the time or reduce the severity of your symptoms if infected. Everyone should get the flu shot. However, the team at West Hills Urgent Care highly recommends those with a chronic health problem or weakened immune system, as well as children, make the annual flu shot a priority.
The team at West Hills Urgent Care diagnoses the flu at the office with a rapid-flu test that uses a swab of fluid taken from your nose or throat and provides results within 10-15 minutes. If your rapid-flu test results are negative, but the team suspects a flu infection, they may recommend sending your fluid sample to the lab for in-depth testing. Your results from the lab may take several hours.
The urgent care practice offers same-day appointments and free consultations so you can get the answers you need quickly. In addition to confirming or ruling out the flu, the team also provides doctors notes for work and school.
Because the flu is a virus, taking antibiotics won’t help as they only work on bacterial infections. If you develop flu symptoms, you should rest, drink plenty of water, and eat light, nutritious foods such as chicken noodle soup
You can take over-the-counter flu medicines to help ease symptoms like headaches and sore throat. If your symptoms are severe or you aren’t improving within a few days, you should call West Hills Urgent Care.
Call West Hills Urgent Care now if you’re concerned you have the flu and need a free consultation, or book an appointment using the online tool.