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“Influenza is characterized by fever, headache muscle aches, cough,” Dr. Skolnik said. “Those are the main symptoms.”
Doctor Skolnik said hospitals and doctors’ offices have treatments that can be lifesaving if the flu is detected early enough.
“The treatments will help people to get better more quickly, it helps prevent severe disease,
” he said. “Every year there are 30,000 or 40,000 deaths from influenza in the United States. So these antiviral drugs help protect against that and some of the other complications that can occur.”
Testing can also help prevent the spread of the flu as people who test positive can isolate themselves and have others they’ve been in contact with tested too.
Doctor Skolnik said the rapid influenza test is available at most urgent care centers, most emergency departments, and at some primary care physicians.
While he said most severe complications happen with the very young and very old,
he believes everyone should be tested if they begin to experience even one flu symptom.