Flu services offered in Venice, Sarasota, Bradenton and Ellenton, FL

Anywhere between 5% and 20% of the population gets the flu yearly, and each year holds a different infection rate. At Primary Care of Venice, your health is a priority., Skilled physicians and medical professionals are committed to providing individuals and families with immediate treatment to help relieve aggravating and debilitating flu symptoms. If you or a family member has been exposed to the flu or is experiencing symptoms, call the Venice, Florida, office to schedule an appointment or request one online today.

Flu Q & A

Are there different types of flu?

There are four main types of flu viruses (A, B, C, and D). Type A is the most common and known for causing pandemics and epidemics — the widespread occurrence of an infectious disease within a community at a particular time.

The flu is one of the most contagious respiratory illnesses out there. Typically, this viral infection spreads through the lower and upper respiratory tract, causing severe side effects if left untreated.

Sometimes flu symptoms can be confused with those of a common cold. Your doctor at  Primary Care of Venice can help identify which one you’re experiencing.

What are symptoms of the flu?

Whereas cold symptoms develop over time, flu symptoms can onset overnight. The most common flu symptoms include:

  • Chills
  • Cold sweats
  • Sore throat
  • Dry, continuous cough
  • Nausea, diarrhea, vomiting
  • Headaches
  • High temperature (100.4°F and above)
  • Nasal congestion

Because this flu is a viral infection and extremely contagious, it’s important to get in touch with the office immediately if you identify with any combination of these symptoms.

How can I prevent the flu?

The most effective way of preventing the flu is to get a seasonal flu shot. Immunizations are available at Primary Care of Venice and can be administered at any time.

If you or a family member suspects the flu, it’s important to work with your Primary Care of Venice health care provider to develop a treatment plan.

What are some treatments for the flu?

At Primary Care of Venice, flu treatments are standard practice and easily accessible. Your doctor tailors your specific treatment to your unique needs.

Acute illnesses, like the flu, are typically short-term, while chronic illnesses are long-term and can include conditions such as heart disease or diabetes.

Treatment for acute illnesses may involve medications, rest, and other supportive care, while treatment for chronic illnesses may involve ongoing management and monitoring, lifestyle changes, and medications.

For optimal recovery, your doctor recommends that you stay indoors and avoid contact with others, as the flu is incredibly infectious. You should also drink plenty of water (no alcohol) and get plenty of rest.

If you or a family member thinks you’re experiencing symptoms of the flu or needs to schedue a seasonal flu shot, don’t delay. Get in touch with Primary Care of Venice by calling the office, or request an appointment online today.