It's the season...for colds and the flu
With one of the worst flu seasons in recent memory, it's not too late for a flu shot to prevent influenza. With its many primary care physician offices, MedCheck urgent care centers and neighborhood flu clinics, Community Health Network can help you prevent, treat and recover from the flu. It is especially important that children, seniors and people suffering from chronic conditions such as diabetes get immediate medical care since the flu can lead to other health complications.
Flu prevention and planning
The CDC offers flu prevention tips and urges you to "Take 3" action steps to protect against the flu:
- Take time to get a flu vaccine.
- Take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs.
- Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them.
Learn more at www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/preventing.htm.
Easy ways to get your flu vaccine shot
The most effective method of flu prevention is a vaccination. Community offers convenient options for flu shots:
- MedCheck walk-in clinics. Call ahead to one of our Indianapolis-area MedCheck locations to get your flu shot even more quickly or schedule online at MedCheck WebAhead >>
- Your family doctor. Need one? Visit Find a Doctor or call 800-777-7775. We will help you locate a doctor to meet your family's needs for the seasonal flu vaccine.
Common cold or flu? Know the difference.
Even with precautions, the flu or the common cold may hit your home during the next few months. To make sure you are receiving the best treatment, it's important to know the difference between the two illnesses. To help determine if you have flu or cold symptoms, ask yourself the following questions:
If you answer "yes" to most of these questions, you likely have the flu.
- Did your symptoms come on quickly?
- Do you have a fever?
- Do your head and muscles ache?
- Do you have chills?
- Do you have a dry cough and nose?
- Has your appetite decreased?
Common cold symptoms
If you answer "yes" to most of these questions, chances are you have the common cold.
- Do you have a mild fever or no fever at all?
- Do you feel a bit "under the weather?"
- Do you have a cough and/or a runny nose?
- Is your throat sore?
Learn more about the flu from the CDC at www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm.