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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 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 Medical Clinic?
    • 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 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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Freeman Medical Clinic
✆ Phone (appointments): 512-391-9400
✆ Phone (general inquiries): 512-391-9400
Fax Number: 512-391-9401
Address: 1611 W. 5th St., Suite #180, Austin, TX 78703