Flu is a common condition that can make you feel very sick and could be dangerous if you’re not in good health. If you have flu symptoms, the team of experts at United Physician Group can help. With four offices in Piedmont, Columbia, Myrtle Beach, and Spartanburg, South Carolina, and three in Douglasville, Conyers, and Hampton, Georgia, you can choose the nearest location. They provide simple onsite testing for flu and annual flu shots to protect you from the most widespread strains of the disease. Call United Physician Group to schedule an appointment or request one online today.
Flu is short for influenza. It’s a viral infection that most people experience at some point throughout their life. Flu causes symptoms such as:
You might also get an ear or sinus infection with the flu. In severe cases, having the flu can make you vulnerable to pneumonia. If you’re generally strong and healthy, you should be able to recover from the flu without any lasting effects, but it can lead to fatal complications. It's important that you seek medical attention.
Flu spreads between people rapidly. Anyone who is already sick with the flu will be coughing and sneezing. That means they’re spraying tiny droplets of mucus into the air and leaving them on anything they touch.
If you come into contact with these droplets, you could transfer the virus to your nose or mouth. You could also breathe them in.
If you’ve already had that type of flu, your immune system can fight it off. If you haven’t had that specific strain of flu virus, your body has to create antibodies, and in the meantime, you experience all the unpleasant symptoms of having the flu.
Having a flu shot could prevent you from catching the strain of flu virus that was most widespread at the time.
Your immune system responds to an invading virus by creating antibodies. The antibodies kill the virus, and your immune system can defend against any future encounter with that particular strain.
Unfortunately, there are many strains of the flu virus, and having immunity to one of them doesn’t give you immunity to any of the others. Having an annual flu shot introduces a weakened form of the virus into your system so your body can create the antibodies you need to stop you from getting sick.
It’s a good idea to have a flu shot, especially if you’re old, young, or have a chronic health condition or a weakened immune system that puts you at a higher risk of developing complications.
If unsure, talk to the United Physician Group about whether you need a flu shot.
Because the flu is a virus, antibiotics won’t help as they only work on bacterial infections. If you develop flu symptoms, you should rest, drink plenty of water, and eat light, nutritious foods such as chicken broth.
You can take over-the-counter flu medicines to help ease symptoms like headaches and sore throat. If your symptoms are severe or you aren’t improving within a few days, you should call the United Physician Group. The practice can provide additional treatments such as antivirals if your condition is serious with on-site testing.
Call United Physician Group today if you’re concerned about the flu or want to arrange a flu shot. You can also request an appointment online.