Anywhere between 5-20% of the American population comes down with the flu each year. At Emcura Immediate Care in Bloomfield Hills and Northville Township, Michigan, the experienced physicians rely on accurate on-site testing to diagnose a wide range of infections, including the influenza virus, so you can get back on your feet as soon as possible. To ease your symptoms, or to protect yourself with a flu shot, call Emcura Immediate Care or schedule an appointment online today.
The flu, or influenza, is a type of virus that affects your nose, throat, and lungs. There are several strains of the constantly changing flu virus. These contagious infections spread through the air when someone who has the virus sneezes, coughs, or talks. Once it’s in the air, you can contract the flu by way of your nose, mouth, or eyes.
The flu is very contagious, especially in the days before your symptoms appear.
While the flu is often confused with stomach flu, the influenza virus doesn’t cause diarrhea and vomiting. The most common flu symptoms include:
You can reduce your chances of getting influenza with an annual flu shot.
Anyone can contract the flu, and in most cases, people can recover on their own. Unfortunately, hundreds of thousands of people need hospitalization annually because of complications caused by the flu such as bronchitis and pneumonia. In extreme cases, the flu can even cause death.
Flu shots are available for anyone 6 months old and up. They’re also highly recommended for anyone over 65, children younger than 5, those living in nursing homes or long-term care facilities, and pregnant and postpartum women.
Certain health conditions can also increase your risk of influenza complications, including:
Your provider at Emcura Immediate Care might also recommend a flu shot if you’re overweight or obese.
To diagnose the flu, your provider conducts a physical exam, discusses your symptoms, and performs DNA flu testing. Emcura Immediate Care is the first outpatient clinic to provide DNA testing that offers a 97% accuracy and is CLIA-waived for at-home use.
Based on the results of your test, your provider offers several suggestions to help ease your symptoms, shorten your illness, and prevent serious complications. Common flu treatments include:
In some cases, your doctor might also recommend antiviral medications.
For more information about flu prevention and treatment, call Emcura Immediate Care or schedule an appointment online today.