MEDIQ Urgent Care Serves Archdale, Greensboro, and Winston-Salem, NC
Influenza, or the flu, is a very common respiratory illness that’s caused by the influenza virus. It’s highly contagious and occurs most commonly during the winter and spring seasons. If you think that you might be suffering from the flu or have flu-like symptoms, then you can visit our Mediq Urgent Care clinic in Archdale, Greensboro or Winston-Salem without having to schedule an appointment. We accept walk-in patients seven days a week, 12 hours a day.
Symptoms of the Flu
The flu virus causes some of the same symptoms as the common cold. Both types of illnesses result in coughing, headaches and chest discomfort. However, the flu differs from the common cold in that it will usually cause a high fever, body aches, fatigue and general weakness as well.
People that are most at risk of developing the flu include infants, pregnant women, the elderly and those that suffer from chronic ailments, such as heart disease, diabetes, lung disease and HIV.
One of the issues with the flu is that new strains evolve every couple of years. Because it’s a viral disease, antibiotics will not work. There are a couple of antiviral medications that can be prescribed. However, these medications are typically only prescribed if you are at high risk of developing pneumonia or have extremely severe symptoms. Antiviral medications will help shorten the period of time during which the flu will last as well as lessen some of the symptoms.
If you have flu like symptoms it’s a good idea to come into one of our MEDIQ Urgent Care clinics, especially if it’s not convenient for you to schedule an appointment with your primary care doctor (or you don’t have a primary care doctor). Even though antiviral medications aren’t prescribed unless the flu is severe, diagnosing your symptoms as the flu will at least allow you to know that you are contagious and give you the opportunity to learn what the best course of action is in terms of the recovery process.
Preventing the Flu
Because the flu virus can last a few weeks, it’s a good idea to get vaccinated against the flu. It’s recommended that you get vaccinated every year before the winter season, when the flu is the most common. This is because the vaccinations differ based on the various strains of flu that have evolved and that are most common at that time. If you need to get a flu vaccination, you can get it at our MEDIQ Urgent Care clinic without having to schedule an appointment.
One of the advantages of going to our MEDIQ Urgent Care clinic is that you can receive treatment without scheduling an appointment. You can walk in when it’s convenient for you, or check in online to save time.