When flu season hits, make sure you and your family are prepared. Dignity Health Southern California offers prompt treatment for mild and severe cases of the flu. Whether you need medication to ease symptoms or emergency care, our doctors are ready to heal and help you stay healthy.
Influenza, commonly called the flu, is a viral infection that affects the nose, throat, and lungs. People with the flu may experience some or all of the following symptoms:
- Sore throat
- Stuffy or runny nose
- Body ache and headache
Flu symptoms can put a damper on your well-being. If you suspect you have the flu, Find a Doctor today who can care for your flu symptoms in Southern California.
When to Visit the Emergency Room for the Flu
The flu can be life threatening for those who have a high risk for developing complications from the virus. If you or someone you know meets any of the following criteria, visit the ER at Dignity Health Southern California for prompt medical treatment:
- Children under the age of five, especially those under two
- People with weak immune systems
- People with chronic diseases, such as diabetes, asthma, and heart disease
- Adults 65 and above
- Residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities
- Morbidly obese
- Pregnant women
Flu-related complications include pneumonia, bronchitis, and sinus infections. Our emergency services at convenient locations in Long Beach, Northridge, Downtown LA, Glendale, and Inland Empire cities San Bernardino, Fontana, and Highland are equipped to care for serious cases of the flu. Use our online waiting tool InQuicker to select an estimated arrival time to our ER to receive quality treatment for the flu.
Treating & Preventing Influenza at Dignity Health Southern California
No one wants to be stuck in bed with the flu. That’s why we offer treatment and prevention services to keep you and your family healthy, even during flu season. Rest, fluids, and over-the-counter medicine usually lessen the symptoms. For severe flu cases, doctors at Dignity Health Southern California can prescribe antiviral medication.
Getting a flu shot is the first step to preventing influenza, so schedule an appointment to get the flu vaccine for you and your family.
Because the flu is a highly communicable disease, frequent hand washing, avoiding sick people, and not touching your eyes and nose help prevent contracting and spreading the virus.
Skilled doctors at Dignity Health Southern California can diagnose and treat mild to serious cases of the flu.