Facts About Flu, Flu Vaccine, and Flu Prevention

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Facts About Flu, Flu Vaccine, and Flu Prevention

Flu season is upon us! Check out these flu facts from Dr. Freeman at Freeman Concierge Medical Clinic in Austin, TX to help keep you and your loved ones well this flu season.


  • The influenza “flu” virus is seasonal. The typical flu season runs from October to May, usually peaking between December and February.
  • Symptoms of the flu may include:
    • Fever, Chills, Body aches, Cough, Runny Nose, Headache, Fatigue, Sore throat 
  • What can I do to help prevent the flu?
    • Flu Vaccine! (every year)
    • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer
    • Cover your cough/sneeze
    • Regularly sanitize countertops, door knobs, and other frequently contacted locations in your home
  • What flu vaccine is available at Freeman Concierge Medical Clinic in Austin, TX?
    • Quadrivalent (protects for 2 Flu A & 2 Flu B viruses), preservative free
    • High Dose (recommended for age 65+ and those with chronic illness)
    • These are NOT a live vaccines and can NOT make you sick!
  • What to do if you suspect you may have the Flu?
    • Schedule an appointment with Freeman Concierge Medical Clinic to be seen for your symptoms, there is a rapid influenza test that can confirm the presence of the influenza virus.
    • Flu virus is treated with symptomatic treatment, fluids, and rest.
    • There are antiviral medications (ex: Tamiflu, Xofluza) available that can help your body fight off the virus but should be started within the first 48 hours of symptoms.
    • Since flu is a virus, antibiotics are NOT helpful

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