Flu Specialist

Grand Lake Healthcare

Family Practice located in Grove, OK

Flu season affects all of us at some point. That’s why Joseph Gelinas, ARPN-CNP, and the team at Grand Lake Healthcare in Grove, Oklahoma, are always ready to treat flu patients with supportive care. Medication and rest are typically the keys to fighting the flu. The staff also goes to great lengths to make sure patients are vaccinated. To schedule your flu vaccination at Grand Lake Healthcare, call the office or use the online booking tool today.

Flu Q & A

What is the flu?

Influenza, which is more commonly referred to as the flu, is a viral infection that attacks your respiratory system, mainly your nose, throat, and lungs. In most cases, bouts with the flu subside on their own. However, more serious cases require professional medical attention.

Certain people may have an increased risk of developing severe flu complications, particularly if they’re:

  • Under the age of 5
  • Over the age of 65
  • Pregnant
  • Overweight or obese
  • Suffering from underlying chronic illnesses (i.e. asthma, heart disease)
  • Afflicted with a weakened immune system

The respiratory flu is completely different from stomach viruses that tend to cause diarrhea and vomiting.

What are common signs and symptoms of the flu?

The flu often seems like a common cold, as the first signs will likely be a runny nose, sneezing, and a sore throat. However, the common cold typically progresses slowly, while the flu usually develops suddenly. Also, you generally feel much worse if you have the flu.

The most common signs and symptoms of the flu include:

  • Fever over 100.4 F (38 C)
  • Aching muscles
  • Chills and sweats
  • A headache
  • Excessive coughing
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Nasal congestion
  • A sore throat

If you begin to notice flu symptoms, it’s fine to try and wait them out with rest and home remedies. However, if things get worse, you should seek medical attention.

How does flu treatment work?

The team at Grand Lake Healthcare can help diagnose and treat your flu symptoms. In most cases, plenty of rest and fluids will turn the tide. Your provider may supplement that with prescribed medications, such as antiviral medications that shorten the duration of the illness and give you symptom relief.

Throughout your flu treatment, your provider monitors you closely to make sure symptoms don’t worsen. Over-the-counter pain relievers, Tylenol, and ibuprofen can also help.

Should I get vaccinated for the flu?

Yes. The best way to protect yourself from the flu is by getting annual vaccinations from the providers at Grand Lake Healthcare. Even though flu vaccinations aren’t 100% effective, it’s still the most effective way to prevent flu-like symptoms.

To schedule your annual flu vaccination at Grand Lake Healthcare, call the office today or use the online booking tool and set up a time to come in.