Full disclaimer: I am not a lawyer and this is not legal advice. You should also always see a Practitioner about any health needs. Should you be in a sticky situation, you should always seek out advice from a legal or health professional, depending on your needs.
Influenza, more commonly known as the flu, is a highly contagious respiratory illness caused by a virus. It's the most unwelcome house guest you could ask for – it shows up uninvited, brings a bunch of uncomfortable symptoms, and overstays its welcome for far too long.
What are the symptoms of influenza?
But let's back up for a moment. What exactly are the symptoms of the flu? Well, it's not just a run-of-the-mill cold. The flu tends to hit you like a ton of bricks and can bring on a whole host of miserable symptoms. These can include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, body aches, fatigue, and headache. Some people might also experience nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea (yep, the flu really goes the extra mile to make you feel crummy).
How do I know my influenza is not a cold?
So how can you tell if it's the flu and not just a regular old cold? One way is to pay attention to the timing of your symptoms. The flu tends to come on suddenly, whereas a cold tends to develop more gradually. Additionally, the flu tends to be more severe than a cold, with higher fevers and more intense body aches.
How do I stop influenza?
Now that you know what the flu is and what it feels like, let's talk about how to get rid of it. Unfortunately, there's no magic cure for the flu – it's just something you have to ride out. However, there are a few things you can do to help ease your symptoms and get through the flu a little faster.
One of the most important things you can do is stay hydrated. The flu can cause dehydration, so it's important to drink plenty of fluids. Water, sports drinks, and broth-based soups are all good options. Avoid caffeine and alcohol, as they can further dehydrate you.
Over-the-counter pain relievers like acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Advil) can also help alleviate some of the aches and pains associated with the flu. Just be sure to follow the dosage instructions on the package.
It's also important to get plenty of rest. This can be tough when you're feeling crummy, but it's important for your body to have time to heal. So curl up with a warm blanket and a good book (or Netflix show) and let your body do its thing.
If you have the flu and are at high risk for complications (such as if you're pregnant, have a compromised immune system, or have a chronic health condition), it's important to contact your healthcare provider. They may recommend antiviral medication, which can help shorten the duration of the flu.
How do I prevent getting influenza?
Now, let's talk about how to avoid getting the flu in the first place. The best way to do this is by getting a flu vaccine. It's not 100% effective, but it can greatly reduce your risk of getting the flu and can also make the illness less severe if you do get it. The flu vaccine is typically available in the fall, so make sure to get yours early.
In addition to getting vaccinated, there are a few other things you can do to reduce your risk of getting the flu. These include washing your hands frequently, avoiding close contact with sick people, and covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you sneeze or cough.
So there you have it – everything you ever wanted to know (and maybe a little more) about the flu. It's a pesky little virus that can bring on a whole host of unpleasant symptoms, but with a little TLC and some OTC meds, you can get through it. Just don't forget to get your flu vaccine – it's the best
It’s easy to get an assessment from a Partner Doctor who, if suitable, can provide you a medical certificate for a day from work when you have influenza through updoc.
Being an Aussie owned & run company, updoc understands the importance of helping our fellow Aussies out in times of need.
We also understand what it’s like to be in the queue at a doctor’s office just to get a note to confirm things you already knew about your health, just so you can get paid on what should be your day off. Being able to speak with real Partner Practitioners online who, if suitable, can provide medical certificates, helps Australians get the rest they need when they need it so they can get back on their feet and back to contributing in no time.
If you need to speak with a Partner Practitioner who, if suitable, can provide an online medical certificate, it’s a simple process through updoc:
📱 Head here
📝 Fill in a short form — it asks for key details about your issue
👨⚕️ Consult with your own Partner Doctor — they’ll take the medical information you provide and assess your needs within 24-48 hours
📥 If they find it to be suitable, your Partner Doctor will issue you a medical certificate to your inbox — you’ll receive an SMS and an e-mail with your medical certificate ready to download
It’s important to note that the independent Partner Doctor will read your health notes and make an informed decision on whether to provide you with a medical certificate or not. The Practitioner does not work for us, and we’ve created updoc to facilitate a convenient, ongoing connection with them.