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When you are hit with the flu, it can throw your entire life into disarray. While being sick is no fun to begin with, you could be contagious. You may be endangering the health of friends, family, and coworkers. You do not want to be the one who gets grandma sick or sidelined the entire sales team for a week. If you start to show the signs of the flu, it's best to get treatment right away. You will feel better faster and you’ll protect those around you in South Philly.
What are some common flu symptoms? They include:
The symptoms of a common cold and the flu overlap quite a bit. Unless you are a trained professional, it can be difficult to tell the difference between the two. Knowing the difference can help refine a treatment plan for you and help you shake off the cold or flu faster. Our highly experienced medical team at AFC Urgent Care South Philly can give you a test within the first few days of your illness. The results of this test can determine whether you have the flu.
If you believe you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, it is important you seek medical attention immediately. AFC Urgent Care South Philly is open 7 days a week with extended hours during the weekdays. No appointment is ever required to see our board-certified doctors or access our services. There is no need to call off work or drastically rearrange your schedule to see us. Visit our walk-in urgent care clinic when it is convenient for you.
The best way to treat the flu is to avoid it in the first place. One of the best ways to do that is to get a yearly flu shot. It is never too late to receive the flu vaccine. The flu shot is available at our medical facility and depending on your insurance, it could be free. We accept most major insurance carriers and have self-pay options available for the uninsured. Call our friendly staff today for details.
Flu season generally runs from October through May. It is impossible to accurately forecast how severe a flu season will be for any given year or how effective a flu vaccine will be for that season.
For more information about the flu visit the CDC’s website.
A virus causes the flu, and antibiotics will not be effective in its treatment. We do not prescribe antibiotics unless our doctors believe a bacterial infection is causing symptoms.
The virus that causes the flu mutates every year, and last year's flu shot may not be effective for this year's flu season.