Flu Specialist

Bethel Family Medicine

Family Medicine & Cosmetics Specialists located in Brockton, MA

Every year, millions of people visit their doctor due to flu symptoms. The experienced team at Bethel Family Medicine in Brockton, Massachusetts, provides flu symptom management, as well as the flu vaccine to help decrease your risk of getting this highly contagious illness. To schedule an appointment, call the office today or book online.

Flu Q & A

What is the flu?

The flu, or influenza, is a highly contagious respiratory viral infection. Millions of Americans contract the flu every year.

While you may be able to manage your flu symptoms at home, certain groups of people are at risk of developing complications from the flu, such as pneumonia, and should be closely monitored by the medical team at Bethel Family Medicine. Those at risk include:

  • Children under the age of 5
  • Adults over the age of 65
  • People with chronic health issues such as diabetes
  • Pregnant women
  • People with compromised immune systems

Other potential health complications that may develop from a flu infection include earaches, bronchitis, and heart problems.

What are the symptoms of the flu?

Because flu and cold symptoms can be so similar, you may have a difficult time discerning whether your symptoms are related to one or the other.

Flu symptoms include:

  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Body aches
  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Chills and sweats
  • Fatigue

However, with the flu, the symptoms tend to come on very quickly and can be much more severe than cold symptoms.

Can I get treatment for the flu?

While there isn’t a cure for the flu, you may be able to get treatment that helps alleviate your symptoms. If you’re able to schedule a sick visit with your specialist at Bethel Family Medicine within the first few days of your flu infection, you may benefit from an antiviral medication that may relieve your symptoms faster.

In addition, your specialist may recommend treatments for symptom relief such as over-the-counter pain medication, plenty of fluids, and rest.

When should I get the flu shot?

You should get the flu shot every year. Bethel Family Medicine receives its shipment of flu vaccines every fall. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends you get your flu vaccine by the end of October to make sure you’re covered throughout the duration of the flu season, which typically begins in the winter and runs through the spring. However, getting your flu shot at any time offers protection.

The flu is a common but serious illness that can affect anyone at any time. Getting vaccinated every year is the best way to protect yourself from a prolonged illness. To get the flu vaccine or for management of your flu symptoms, call Bethel Family Medicine today or book an appointment online.