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Flu Season This Year: Flu Vaccines, Types of Flu & Flu Symptoms

Make sure to get your flu shot and read up on the types of flu, flu symptoms and other information, such as when to see a doctor. Think you have the flu and need medical attention? Schedule a virtual appointment with a UH doctor or visit a UH Urgent Care near you.

Flu Season is Here: Are You Ready?

With flu season in full swing, the number of flu cases and people seeking medical care for the flu or flu-like illnesses across the United States is on the increase, and we are starting to see this in Ohio.

The dominant strain of flu this year is H1N1, also known as the swine flu, and accounts for nearly 90 percent of the flu cases. Another, more severe strain, H3N2, also is circulating, but is more common in the southeastern United States.

 

Women laying on the couch with the flu.

If you haven’t gotten your flu vaccine, it’s not too late – flu season will last until the end of March and cases occur as late as May. This year’s seasonal flu shot is targeted at the types of flu that are the most common right now, as well as two other strains in circulation.

How long will it take to be protected after getting the flu vaccine? About two weeks. Some people who get the flu vaccine still get sick, but studies have shown that these people will have a less severe illness. And myth alert: You cannot get the flu from a flu vaccine.

To get the flu shot, contact your UH primary care physician, or, if you don’t have one, find a UH doctor online from the region’s largest primary care network.

See a Physician Without Leaving The House With UH Virtual Visit

Get virtual appointments whenever, wherever you need them for non-emergency medical conditions using your phone, laptop or PC. Schedule one today.

What to Do If You Have the Flu

Most people with the flu should rest at home and do not need treatment for flu. You can take over-the-counter flu medicine for symptom relief.

If you are in the group that is more likely to have complication from the flu (very young, over 55, pregnant or have chronic medical problems), your doctor may prescribe flu medicine called antiviral drugs for flu treatment. Antiviral drugs can make the flu milder, shorten the illness and may also prevent serious complications. However, you need to take the drug within 48 hours after symptoms appear. If you are in the group above, contact your provider or go to an urgent care to receive treatment for the flu.

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Visit a UH Urgent Care for Same-Day Treatment

When flu symptoms get serious, visit a UH Urgent Care location for walk-in care, with no appointment needed. Open 7 days a week.

When to See the Doctor for the Flu

Do not go to the emergency room if you are only mildly ill. But do go if you experience these emergency warning signs:


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