Flu Treatment When You Need It — UHealth Jackson Urgent Care Is Here for You in Miami, FL
Flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus. If you have telltale signs of an influenza infection — a sudden onset of fever accompanied by intense fatigue and body aches — you should promptly see a physician who can determine whether you require an antiviral medication, or if rest, a bowl of chicken noodle soup, and time are all you will need to feel better. Unless you are experiencing emergency warning signs of flu sickness — dizziness, shortness of breath, chest pains, or severe vomiting — you most likely won’t have to go to a hospital ER for flu treatment. Instead, you can either see your primary care physician or go to an urgent care center, such as UHealth Jackson Urgent Care in Miami, FL.
In large part, your decision on where to turn for prompt and effective flu treatment will depend on your schedule and whether your regular physician is available. If you are unable to get an appointment with your usual physician right away, an urgent care center may be a better option. That’s because after symptoms become apparent, you generally have a 48-hour window to receive medication that will be effective.
In general, as you recover from the flu, you should:
- Stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever resolves without the use of fever-reducing medications
- Stay away from others to avoid infecting them
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing
- Wash your hands thoroughly and often
There are also proactive steps you can take to help you avoid getting sick in the first place. The board-certified, UHealth – the University of Miami Health System physicians at UHealth Jackson Urgent Care in Miami, Florida, encourage everyone to receive an annual flu shot as early in the year as possible. This can help ensure maximum protection throughout flu season, which generally begins in the fall and runs through the end of May. The new vaccines usually become available in early September.
Whether you need prompt and effective flu treatment or a fast and easy flu shot, you are welcome to stop by any UHealth Jackson Urgent Care center in the Miami, FL, area. We’re available every day from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and we do not require appointments.