Even with frequent hand-washing and taking every possible precaution, you can still get the flu. Michael Bazel, MD, is a primary care physician and emergency medicine doctor who promptly treats patients of all ages when flu symptoms appear. With locations in Panorama City, Bell, and Valley Village, California, Dr. Bazel and his team are available when you need them. If you’re experiencing flu symptoms, call or schedule an appointment at the location that’s most convenient for you by using the online booking tool so you can get back to feeling healthy again.
The flu, or influenza, is a highly contagious viral respiratory illness that infects your nose, throat, and potentially your lungs. It’s typically spread through tiny droplets that become airborne when you cough or sneeze. The best protection against the flu is the flu vaccine, but even then you may still be susceptible to flu symptoms, including:
Not everyone who has the flu gets a fever, though, and symptoms typically come on suddenly. In some cases, you may also experience vomiting or diarrhea, but these symptoms are more common in children than adults.
Anyone can get the flu, but those at the highest risk for contracting the influenza virus include:
In some cases, the flu can lead to additional health complications or even death.
If you have flu symptoms, you’re most contagious to others within the three to four days after the symptoms first appear. It may be possible to spread the flu virus before you even realize you’re sick.
In some cases, you may even be able to infect others beginning one day before you experience any outward signs of the flu, and up to seven days after you get sick.
The best way to prevent the flu virus from spreading, or from contracting it, is to get the flu vaccine each year. The Centers for Disease Control also recommends taking precautions every day, such as washing your hands frequently, staying away from those who are already infected, and covering your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough.
If you’re experiencing signs and symptoms of the flu, Dr. Bazel may be able to prescribe antiviral medications to help manage your symptoms and prevent the illness from becoming worse. Call or schedule an appointment online today at the office location that’s most convenient for you to get help fighting the flu.