Cold, Flu, and Influenza Treatment in Bixby Knolls, Downtown Long Beach, and Paramount, CA
Colds, flu, and influenza are viral respiratory infections. A runny nose from a cold, a high temperature, and bodily aches from the flu and influenza are all symptoms. Rest, fluids, and over-the-counter medicine are used to relieve symptoms. Getting vaccinated is essential for avoiding the flu. Reddy Urgent Care doctors are available to treat cold and flu symptoms for children and adults. Walk in today. We have convenient locations to serve you.
Flu season is upon us! Don’t be unprepared this year when Flu Season hits the Long Beach area. Not only is it essential to protect yourself from the awful and uncomfortable symptoms of the flu, but it is vital to protect your family, friends, and coworkers as well. Walk-ins are welcome, and no appointment is needed to receive a flu shot at any of our Long Beach locations. It is important to get the flu vaccine every year to maintain your protection from this virus. This is different from other vaccinations that are only needed once in your life as a child. Why is this different? The influenza virus is an ever-changing strand and differs yearly. The flu shot you received last year, is slightly different than the flu shot you will receive this year because the virus is different. Scientists continue to update the flu shot every year to give you the greatest protection.
It can be difficult to know if what you are experiencing is a run-of-the-mill head cold or if you are experiencing flu symptoms. Some common flu symptoms include:
• Fatigue or tiredness
• Sore Throat
• Runny or Stuffy Nose
• Body Aches
As you can see, some of these symptoms of the flu overlap with the common cold. It is not always clear to tell the difference between the two. That is why it is important to go to one of our Long Beach area locations and get tested for influenza. Here at Reddy Urgent Care of Long Beach, we have a state of the art lab on site that can get you your influenza test results quickly and easily.
If you are thinking, “Why do I need a flu shot? I am healthy, I wash my hands regularly and cover my mouth when I sneeze.” Certainly, those protective behaviors can get you far when it comes to staying healthy and not spreading germs. However, everyone should get a flu shot because protective behaviors only take you so far. Getting a flu shot will help prevent the lack of protective behaviors others in your life and strangers on the street fail to do. Children should also get a flu shot, as children in school at times spread germs easily with sharing and being in the same room all day. If they don’t get a flu shot, they can come home and spread those germs to you. The only time to consider not getting a flu shot is when your current immune system is compromised, and you are already displaying the symptoms above. You can stop the spread by preventing yourself from getting sick in the first place and getting that flu shot today!
Reddy Urgent Care has three locations near you open from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM from Monday to Friday or from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM on weekends. No appointment is ever needed for a flu shot.