Influenza (also known as the flu) is a contagious viral infection that effects the respiratory system — nose, sinuses, throat and lungs. Getting a yearly flu shot can reduce the chances of getting influenza.
Symptoms of influenza include sudden-onset:
- body aches
- sore throat
- nasal congestion
While not everyone needs treatment, medication for influenza is most effective early in the infection.
Children, people over 65, and people with immune system problems, asthma, diabetes, or who are pregnant should be evaluated if symptoms of influenza occur.
The providers at Michigan Avenue Immediate Care can help. Walk in or reserve your appointment time now.
True Emergency? For true life-threatening emergencies, such as chest pain, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, or severe abdominal pain, you should go to the nearest emergency department or call 911.