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Flu Symptoms: When to Seek Medical Care

When we hit the month of October, we know we’re entering dreaded influenza (flu) season, which can last all the way until May. Outbreaks usually peak in January or February, the heart of winter in the United States.

If you’ve ever had this achy, draining illness, you know it doesn’t segregate – it affects thousands of people of all ages. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 5 to 20% of all Americans get the flu every year.

Vaccinations and other prevention methods (like hand washing and healthy diets) help protect against the flu. However, those who get a flu vaccine still have a flu risk of 40% because the vaccine only protects against certain strands of the illness. If you or a loved one does come down with the flu, it may be difficult to know if and when you should seek medical care.

Mild flu symptoms include:

The above symptoms may be uncomfortable and weakening, but in most individuals, they’re not life-threatening. Young children, elderly, and people with disabilities or other health problems should be especially cautious when dealing with the flu and symptoms noted above.

Urgent care centers like GoHealth Urgent Care are open past business hours. Plus, wait times are usually less than 15 minutes and you don’t need to make an appointment.

If you or a loved one shows signs of the flu, especially if they are a young child, elderly person or a person with other health problems, visit a GoHealth Urgent Care location nearest you. We’ll get you back on the road to health, hassle-free.

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