Flu

Physicians Medical Urgent Care

Urgent Care & Internal Medicine located in San Jose, CA

Every year, between 5-20% of the United States population catches the flu. Though common, this respiratory virus is life-threatening for infants, seniors, and people with compromised immune systems. At Physicians Medical Urgent Care in San Jose, California, urgent care specialists Sveltlana Burkhead, MD, and Ines Munoz De Laborde, MD, regularly diagnose and treat people suffering from the flu. To request your appointment at Physicians Medical Urgent Care today, call the office or click the online booking tool. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Flu Q & A

What is the flu?

Influenza, or the flu, is a common viral infection that attacks your upper respiratory system. Most of the time, the flu resolves with rest and conservative measures of care. Sometimes, though, the flu and its side-effects are deadly.

People at risk of suffering complications from the flu include:

  • Children under the age of five
  • Senior citizens
  • Residents of nursing homes
  • People who have chronic illnesses
  • People who are very obese

While there’s no way to prevent the flu entirely, you can significantly lower your risk by getting a flu shot each year at Physicians Medical Urgent Care. 

What are the symptoms of the flu?

The flu usually presents symptoms that are similar to a common cold. Colds develop slowly, though, while the flu tends to strike suddenly and without any warning. Common signs of the flu include:

  • Headache
  • Chills and sweats
  • Fever over 100.4 F
  • Dry, persistent cough
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Vomiting and diarrhea

It’s also common for people with the flu to develop a sore throat and nasal congestion.

Who is at risk of getting the flu?

The flu affects people of all ages, races, and sexes, but certain factors may increase your risk, including:

  • Being 65 or older
  • Being pregnant
  • Having a weakened immune system

You’re also more likely to develop the flu if you work or live in close quarters. This is particularly true if you reside in a crowded apartment complex.

How is the flu diagnosed?

To diagnose the flu, your doctor does a physical exam, reviews your medical history, and asks about your symptoms. They might also recommend a Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. This test can identify the strain of influenza affecting you. 

How is the flu treated?

The best way to stop the flu is before you get sick. You can significantly lower your risk of getting the flu by investing in a flu shot once a year. 

If you do end up getting the flu, it’s important you get plenty of rest and drink fluids. If your symptoms are severe or you have a compromised immune system, your doctor might also prescribe an antiviral medication such as oseltamivir or peramivir.

If you’re feeling under the weather and you suspect you have the flu, make an appointment at Physicians Medical Urgent Care today by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool. You can also walk-in for urgent care.