What is Influenza?

Influenza is a highly contagious respiratory illness caused by the flu virus. The most common being influenza A and B, both of which are responsible for season flue outbreaks across the country.

You’ll note that flu season is between October and March in the United States. During this period, children younger than five, pregnant women, seniors and anyone with a chronic illness are highly susceptible to flu symptoms.

Flu Symptoms

They say that knowing is half the battle. When it comes to the flu, learning the most common symptoms can help you schedule healthcare services right away. You’ll note:

  • Sudden illness
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Cough
  • Aches
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting or diarrhea

Some of these symptoms are more common in children, such as vomiting, than they are in adults.

Diagnosing and Treating Influenza

Influenza is one of the most common illnesses in the country. Here at MD 365, we can diagnose the flu based on a few factors, including your current symptoms, a physical exam and your medical history.

In some cases, we may schedule a “rapid influenza diagnostics test,” which can provide a full diagnosis within 15 minutes. Once we have a diagnosis, we can proceed with treatment. You’ll receive antiviral medication to help treat the worst symptoms. For the most part, bedrest and fluids help the most.

If you suspect you or a loved one is suffering from influenza in Shirley, NY, contact MD 365 for treatment. You can reach us at 631-305-2334!