What is the flu?
The flu (or influenza) is a common, but potentially serious respiratory illness. Symptoms may include fever, cough, extreme tiredness, body aches, and can come on very suddenly. The most common type of flu is the "seasonal" flu.
Can the flu be treated?
Yes, treatment is most effective in the first 48 hours after symptoms begin. People with the flu can get medicines called antiviral medicines. These medicines can help people avoid some of the problems caused by the flu. Not every person with the flu needs an antiviral medicine, but some people do. Your doctor or nurse will decide if you need an antiviral medicine. Antibiotics do not work on the flu. Getting a vaccination at the beginning of the flu season is key to prevention.
Popular treatments prescribed from your doctor may include
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