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Influenza - Testing, Treatment, and Care

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Published on September 08, 2017. Last modified on October 08, 2018

Many people may only require rest, extra fluids, and/or over-the-counter medications like decongestants, cough mediation, and anti-fever medications to recover from the flu.  The flu is caused by a virus, so antibiotics are not effective against it. 

There are prescription medications called “anti-viral” drugs that can be used to treat influenza.  When used for treatment, antiviral drugs can lessen symptoms and shorten the time you are sick by 1 or 2 days.  They also can prevent serious flu complications, like pneumonia.  For people with a high risk medical condition, treatment with an antiviral drug can mean the difference between having milder illness instead of very serious illness that could result in a hospital stay.


Remember to Take 3 actions to fight flu this season. 1. Get a Vaccine in shot or mist form. 2. Wash your hands. 3. Take antivirals if prescribed by your doctor if you get the flu.