Treating the Flu In People With Health Risks (cont.)
In this Article
- Treating the flu in people with health risks facts*
- Do you have Asthma, Diabetes or Chronic Heart Disease?
- Why am I at greater risk of serious flu complications?
- Can the flu be treated?
- What should I do if I think I have the flu?
- Should I still get a flu vaccine?
- What are the benefits of antiviral drugs?
- What are the possible side effects of antiviral drugs?
- When should antiviral drugs be taken for treatment?
- What antiviral drugs are recommended?
- How long should antiviral drugs be taken?
- Can children and pregnant women take antiviral drugs?
- Who should take antiviral drugs?
- What are the health and age factors that are known to increase a person's risk of getting serious complications from the flu?
- Find a local Doctor in your town
What should I do if I think I have the flu?
If you get the flu, antiviral drugs are a treatment option. Check with your doctor promptly if you have a high risk condition and you get flu symptoms. Symptoms can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Your doctor may prescribe antiviral drugs to treat your flu illness.
Should I still get a flu vaccine?
Yes. Antiviral drugs are not a substitute for getting a flu vaccine. While not 100% effective, a flu vaccine is the first and best way to prevent influenza. Antiviral drugs are a second line of defense to treat the flu if you get sick.
What are the benefits of antiviral drugs?
- When used for treatment, antiviral drugs can lessen symptoms and shorten the time you are sick by 1 or 2 days.
- Antiviral drugs also can prevent serious flu-related complications (like pneumonia). This is especially important for people with a high-risk health condition like asthma, diabetes or chronic heart disease.
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