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What are symptoms of the flu?

The flu can cause mild to severe symptoms that can lead to death. If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, get tested immediately and seek treatment from your provider. Flu symptoms are usually a rapid onset.  

Flu (influenza) symptoms include: people can experience some or all of these symptoms. 

  • Fever 
  • Chills 
  • Runny or stuffy nose 
  • Congestion 
  • Muscle or body aches 
  • Coughing 
  • Fatigue 
  • Some cases include vomiting and diarrhea 

If you are experiencing emergency symptoms of the flu, seek medical care right away. Emergency symptoms can include: 

  • Chest pain 
  • Dizziness 
  • Seizures 
  • Severe weakness and/or muscle pain 
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing 
  • If you are experiencing a worsening of your existing medical conditions, seek medical care right away.

When should I see my provider?

If you are feeling any symptoms of the flu, see your provider and get tested for the flu. If you are feeling new or worsening symptoms of the flu, schedule an appointment with your provider to adjust your treatment plan. We recommend you to come in and see you’re your provider if you are experiencing symptoms of the flu within 2-3 days of the onset of flu symptoms. An antiviral medication can shorten the length of your illness and prevent more serious complications from occurring, like pneumonia.

How can I improve my quality of life? 

  • Take your medications as prescribed by your provider.  
  • Stay home and avoid contact with people to cease the spread of the flu. The CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone. Your fever should be gone without the need to use fever-reducing medicine.  
  • Wash your hands.  
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow. 
  • Avoid touching your face. 
  • Rest. Rest is required for your body to fight off the virus. Not resting can prolong your symptoms.  
  • Stay hydrated. Staying hydrated can help you get better faster and reduce risks of complications. Even if you don’t feel thirsty, sip on water, juice, or broth throughout your day. 
  • Get your flu shot. 

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