We suggest antiviral treatment only for high-risk patients. According to the MDH, groups considered high risk for developing complications from the flu are:
- Children under the age of 2
- People over 65 and their caregivers
- People with cardiovascular disease (except hypertension alone)
- People with liver or renal disease
- People with muscular dystrophy
- People with seizure disorders and stroke
- Women who are pregnant or within two weeks post partum (after childbirth)
- People who are developmentally delayed
- Residents of nursing homes or other chronic care facilities
If you have flu symptoms and don’t fall into a high risk group:
- Stay home, rest and drink plenty of fluids
- Treat flu symptoms with Tylenol or Motrin and other over-the-counter medications
- Leave home and return to work only after you have been fever-free for 24 hours without use of fever-reducing medications
When should someone with influenza-like symptoms seek medical care?
- If you experience shortness of breath or serious respiratory difficulty
- If you can't eat and drink
- If after five to seven days you are feeling no better or are feeling worse
Think you already have the flu? Get a Zipnosis online diagnosis.
Zipnosis is an online diagnosis and treatment option for specific health conditions including the flu. Anyone age 13+ can use our online diagnosis tool to answer questions about their symptoms. A Fairview clinician will review your information and respond in an hour with a diagnosis and prescription, if necessary. Each Zip is only $25 and is available from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., 7 days a week. Go to fairview.zipnosis.com to start.
Haven't had the flu yet? Fairview offers many options for getting a flu shot:
- Appointment with a nurse – Call a Fairview Clinic or Fairview independent partner clinic near you
- Fairview Express Care – Walk-in to any of these locations during normal business hours
- Walk-in flu shots at Fairview pharmacies – Find a location, hours of operation and how to come prepared
For more information about the flu, visit Minnesota Department of Health or our Frequently Asked Questions.