You’ve got a sore throat, your head and muscles are aching, and now you’re running a fever. What you were hoping was just a cold is feeling more and more like the flu. There’s only one way to know for sure; head into Well-Key Urgent Care now for a rapid flu test. We offer walk-in medical service and can help you stop the flu in its tracks.
If your symptoms are indeed due to the pesky seasonal virus, we can prescribe an antiviral medication proven to lessen the severity and duration of your illness. If taken promptly, it can reduce the time you are sick by 1-2 days and also prevent serious complications, such as pneumonia.
If you’re at risk for serious complications from the flu, it’s especially important to seek treatment. Take a look at the CDC’s list of health and age factors that may increase your risk:
- Neurological and neurodevelopmental conditions
- Blood disorders (such as sickle cell disease)
- Chronic lung disease (such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease [COPD] and cystic fibrosis)
- Endocrine disorders (such as diabetes mellitus)
- Heart disease (such as congenital heart disease, congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease)
- Kidney disorders
- Liver disorders
- Metabolic disorders (such as inherited metabolic disorders and mitochondrial disorders)
- Morbid obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 40 or higher)
- People younger than 19 years of age on long-term aspirin therapy
- Weakened immune system due to disease or medication (such as people with HIV/AIDS, cancer, or those on chronic steroids)
Other people at high risk from the flu:
- Adults 65 years and older
- Children younger than 5 years old, but especially children younger than 2 years old
- Pregnant women and women up to 2 weeks after the end of pregnancy
Antiviral medication works best when taken within 48 hours of the onset of flu symptoms, so don’t wait.
Well-Key is open from 8am-8pm, 7 days a week with no appointment necessary.