Influenza (flu) is caused by a virus infecting the respiratory tract. It is transmitted through airborne droplets produced during coughing and sneezing and may be preventable by vaccine. It is very common. There are more than 3 million cases per year in the United States.
Flu can last several days or weeks. It rarely requires a lab test or imaging although treatment from a medical professional is advised. Treatment includes medications and self-care.
- Runny nose
- Postnasal drip
- Reduced sense of smell
- Metallic taste in mouth
- Body pain or muscle pain
- Sore throat
Most of the time, flu goes away without treatment. Taking medication can help relieve symptoms. Bed rest will help in faster recovery.
- Antiviral : This medication is used to treat specific viral infections.
Oseltamivir · Zanamivir
- Antihistamines : This medication helps to relieve symptoms such as nasal discharge and sneezing.
Brompheniramine · Chlorphenir amine
- Cough suppressants : This medication may help to relieve cough, in the form of cough drops or cough syrup.
- Drink plenty of fluids
- Take complete rest
- Eat healthy foods
- Practice good hygiene
Vaccinations : There is high probability of a twindemic (both Covid-19 and influenza occurring simultaneously in 2020 and 2021) with anticipated high morbidity (illness) and potential mortality. The AAP ( Amercian Academy of Pediatrics) and many other established medical organizations (i.e., the CDC) recommend testing if ill and under treatment for high risk issues (ongoing medical problems of diabetes/lung diseases/obesity/etc.). All US citizens over the age of 6 months should be vaccinated against influenza at their next physician/nurse practitioner office visit.
Gorman Medical tests and treats both Covid-19 and Influenza. We recommend influenza vaccination for all our patients over the age of 6 months this year. Covid-19 vaccination has yet to be approved; but when it is safe and approved, we will be offering and recommending Covid-19 vaccines to high risk patients.