When Should I Visit Urgent Care with Flu-Like Symptoms?

As it gets colder outside, you’ve probably heard a lot about the flu virus. Over 3 million cases are diagnosed each year between the end of September and the end of May, when the virus is in season and spreading and mutating throughout your community. You are most vulnerable to catching the flu during seasonal changes as your body adjusts to drops in temperature. The most effective way to prevent developing symptoms is by getting a flu shot each year. If you do not get your flu shot in time, more mild symptoms can be treated at home, while more serious cases may require examination at your local urgent care center.

What are considered symptoms of the influenza virus?

Symptoms of the flu may vary on a case-to-case basis, and may also overlap with symptoms of other illnesses and infections. Because it shares symptoms with other diseases, you may be treating them incorrectly at first. If you suspect you have the flu, it is important to visit your local urgent care for the correct diagnosis as soon as possible to prevent complications. Symptoms for the flu include:

  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Dehydration
  • Sweats
  • Stuffed and/or runny nose
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea

After being exposed to the virus, symptoms will begin to form within four days. Upon feeling sick, you should stay home for at least the first 24 hours. This will give your fever time to break and allow you time to rest, which is critical to healing. During the first 24 hours, it is critical that you drink enough fluids to prevent dehydration. This can include water, sports drinks, soups and teas in order to replenish electrolytes and make sure you get enough nutrients. Adults can relieve some pain symptoms with over-the-counter drugs like aspirin and Tylenol. However, it is critical to make sure children under the age of 18 are not given aspirin, which can develop Reye’s Syndrome in children.

When you should visit urgent care with the flu

If you begin to exhibit symptoms of the flu, you should visit AFC Urgent Care as soon as possible in order to receive the correct treatment. High-risk patients including young children, pregnant women, senior citizens and patients with compromised immune systems or chronic conditions should receive medical attention within three days to prevent complications. If you experience any of the following, you should visit AFC Urgent Care South Plainfield for examination and treatment:

  • You have been exhibiting symptoms without any improvement for up to five days
  • Your fever is not breaking, but continuing to climb
  • You are showing signs of dehydration including dizziness, confusion, fatigue and infrequent urination

Flu Shots & Treatment in Edison & South Plainfield, NJ

If you begin to exhibit symptoms of the flu or are interested in getting your annual flu shot, visit AFC Urgent Care South Plainfield today! Our center is open seven days a week and offers extended hours in order to best accommodate our patients’ busy schedules. For questions about treatment or insurance, please call 908-222-3500