What to Do if You Get Sick With the Flu

Published 11/08/2019

When, in spite of your best prevention efforts, the flu catches up with you or someone you love, you have two choices:

1) Stay Home

The good news is, most of the time, the flu is a miserable but mostly mild illness that doesn’t need special medical care or antiviral drugs. If you have flu symptoms, you should usually just stay home and avoid contact with other people except to get medical care, if you need it.

2) See Your Healthcare Provider

If you have symptoms of flu and are in a high-risk group, or are very sick or worried about your illness, please contact your health care provider (doctor, physician assistant, etc.) to get their advice and possible treatment.

Who’s High Risk for the Flu?

If you’re in one of the following groups and develop flu symptoms, it’s best to contact your doctor for antiviral treatment as early as possible. The medication works best if you start it within 48 hours after your symptoms begin.

These people are at high risk of serious flu-related complications:

  • Young children
  • People 65 and older
  • Pregnant women
  • People with certain medical conditions

For the latest info about how to manage when the flu catches up with you, check out the CDC’s recommendations here.

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Source: The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is one of the most trusted and comprehensive sources for information about infectious diseases. Their website has the most up to date details on how to prevent, diagnose, and treat the flu.

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