Flu Specialist

Primary Care Walk-in Medical Clinic

Primary Care & Walk-In Clinic located in Gilbert, AZ & Fountain Hills, AZ

During any given flu season, as much as 20% of the population of the United States may become ill with the flu. Because the flu can quickly become serious — especially for children, seniors, and pregnant women — Primary Care Walk - In Medical Clinic offers comprehensive care in Gilbert and Fountain Hills, Arizona. If you or anyone in your family is experiencing flu-like symptoms, you can walk in to either clinic for immediate care, or schedule an evaluation online or over the phone.

Flu

What causes the flu?

The flu is a viral infection that spreads easily when you inhale droplets after an infected person sneezes or coughs. You can even come down with a flu bug if you touch a surface that has been contaminated with flu causing germs, then touch your mouth or eyes, or share food or beverages with someone who is sick. 

Not everyone who comes into contact with the flu gets sick though. If you’re generally healthy, your immune system may fight off the foreign invaders before illness sets in. Your risk of suffering from the flu or developing severe flu-related complications is higher due to:

  • Pregnancy or postpartum stages
  • Having a chronic condition, such as asthma or diabetes 
  • Obesity, especially if your body mass index (BMI) is over 40
  • Weakened immune system, which is common in children and seniors 

Because the flu can quickly turn into a serious illness and lead to life-threatening complications, it’s important to understand the signs and symptoms and seek medical attention right away.

How do I know if I have the flu?

The flu leads to a wide variety of issues that can affect your entire body. If you have the flu, you may experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever that can last three to four days
  • Cough and chest discomfort
  • Widespread body aches
  • Chills and cold sweats
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Headache 

These symptoms often mimic the common cold, although, with a cold, you usually don’t have a fever. Flu symptoms are generally abrupt and come on very quickly. If any of these symptoms sound familiar, the caring team at Primary Care Walk - In Medical Clinic can help. 

Can I get treatment for the flu?

To confirm that you have the flu, your physician at Primary Care Walk - In Medical Clinic may conduct a flu test, which is often a simple swab of the inside of your nose. You may also need blood or urine testing to rule out related issues.

Once your doctor diagnoses you, they can get you started on treatment, which may include one or more of the following:

  • Antiviral drugs
  • Acetaminophen medications
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) 

Since the flu can become serious quickly, it’s important to stay in bed and give your body time to rest. You need to drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration — this is essential for children — and promote immune system functions. Primary Care Walk - In Medical Clinic is available for further care if your symptoms aren’t improving within a few days. 

If you’re experiencing flu symptoms, contact Primary Care Walk - In Medical Clinic as soon as possible so you can get started on treatment. Book your flu exam online or call either location directly.