Suffering from the flu? Cure your conflusion ask for antivirals

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How do I beat the flu?

You want to stay healthy and live life to the fullest - but then out of nowhere the flu strikes. You want to get better, fast! But how?

From flu symptoms to vaccines, antivirals and more, there can be confusion around what to do when you get hit with the flu - a term we like to call ‘conflusion’.

Despite your ‘conflusion’ the flu should not be ignored - even in otherwise healthy people, the flu can lead to a wide range of severe and life-threatening complications such as pneumonia, blood poisoning (sepsis) and multiple organ failure.1,2

When you get hit with the flu, there are things that you can do. Click on one of the topics on the next page to learn more

What is the flu?

The flu is a virus that spreads from coughs and sneezes.3 It can cause a range of symptoms, and in some people can lead to life-threatening complications.1

How do flu antivirals work?

Flu antivirals work differently than over-the-counter flu medicines: they attack the flu virus directly, rather than just treating the symptoms.5,6

Have I got the flu?

Is it a cold or the flu? The sudden appearance of symptoms such as fever, body aches and more could suggest you have the flu.1 It is important to know what to look out for so that you can get medical help quickly if the flu is suspected.

Why 48 hours?

Flu antivirals can help you feel better faster than doing nothing.7 However, to be most effective, they must be taken within 48 hours of your symptoms starting.7

What are flu antivirals?

Flu antivirals are a type of prescription flu medication. They can help to shorten your illness and minimize the risk of complications.4

Fact or fiction?

Uncertainties about flu symptoms?Confused about treatment? It can be hard to know what’s true and what’s not when it comes to the flu. That’s why we’ve separated the fact from the fiction for you.

Ask your doctor if an antiviral flu medication is right for you

If you get sick this flu season, it’s important to speak to your doctor or health care provider as soon as possible.

References

1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Flu symptoms and complications.
Available from: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/consumer/symptoms.htm. Last accessed: February 2019.

2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Study of flu-related deaths in children shows healthy children at risk.
Available from: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/news/flu-death-children.htm. Last accessed: February 2019.

3. Cowling B et al. Nat Commun 2013; 4: 1935.

4. Lehnert R et al. Dtsch Arztebl Int 2016; 113(47): 799–807.

5. Stiver G. CMAJ 2003; 168(1): 49–56.

6. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Symptom relief, 2018.
Available from: https://www.cdc.gov/antibiotic-use/community/for-patients/symptom-relief.html. Last accessed: February 2019.

7. Banning M. Br J Nurs 2005; 14(22): 1192–1197.