Flu Season Is Here: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Reading Time: 3 min

No one wants to get sick, and that goes double when it involves influenza (flu). This highly contagious respiratory infection often comes on quickly and can leave you feeling your worst for days at a time. However, being prepared can get you back on the road to recovery faster, so you can feel your best again.

Our team at All Day Medical Care Clinic knows the flu is more than just an inconvenience. To help, we offer urgent care and sick visits seven days a week to ensure you can get the care you need when you need it most, especially during flu season.

As we head into flu season, our team wanted to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about this illness so you’ll be ready.

When is flu season?

Technically, you can get sick with the flu any time of year. However, flu viruses are most common during the fall and winter months. In the United States, that means increasing cases of illness in October with peak activity between December and February. But, you can still see significant flu activity lasting as late as May.

How do I know if I have the flu?

The flu is a viral infection that attacks the respiratory system, or your nose, throat, and lungs. Common signs of the flu include:

  • Sore throat
  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Persistent, dry cough
  • Headache
  • Shortness of breath
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Muscle aches
  • Fever, chills, and sweats
  • Diarrhea and vomiting (more common in children)

In many cases, flu symptoms come on suddenly and more severely than those associated with a cold. However, it shares several symptoms with COVID-19, so it’s important to know the difference.

What’s the difference between the flu and COVID-19?

The flu and COVID-19 have several things in common, especially as it relates to symptoms. But different viruses cause these respiratory infections, so they require personalized attention.

Generally speaking, COVID-19 can cause more-serious illnesses in some individuals when compared to the flu, along with life-threatening complications. COVID-19 also seems to spread more easily, and people remain contagious for longer — especially without showing symptoms.

You usually can’t differentiate between the flu and COVID-19 through symptoms alone, and you can have both illnesses at the same time. Instead, you need COVID-19 testing to confirm your diagnosis to ensure you get the most effective treatment.

How can I avoid getting the flu?

No one wants to get sick. Fortunately, you can reduce your chances of infection by doing the following:

  • Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue or your elbow when coughing or sneezing
  • Distancing yourself from people when sharing indoor public spaces
  • Cleansing your hands frequently with soap and water or hand sanitizer
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
  • Disinfecting high traffic surfaces regularly, such as door knobs and counters
  • Wearing face coverings or surgical masks

Getting a seasonal flu shot can also protect you from illness.

If I get vaccinated, can I still get the flu?

The best prevention you can take against the flu involves getting a flu shot, which is recommended for everyone six months of age and older. However, this doesn’t guarantee you won’t get infected by an influenza-causing virus.

Each year, experts develop a flu vaccine for the flu-causing viruses expected to predominate that season. As a result, a flu shot usually protects vaccinated individuals from three or four different viruses. When well-matched to that season’s viruses, it reduces the risk of illness by 40-60%.

On top of that, a flu shot typically reduces the severity of flu symptoms in those who become ill despite vaccination.

What should I do if I think I have the flu?

Our team wants you to feel better as soon as possible. That’s why we’re open seven days a week. Whether you schedule a sick appointment, urgent care visit, or simply walk in, we’re ready to diagnose your illness so you can begin treatment as quickly as possible.

If you have the flu, we often prescribe antivirals. However, they’re most effective when taken as early as possible when your symptoms appear. In these cases, you can expect your symptoms to improve and ease up faster. We can also recommend home care treatment plans to help you recover as quickly as possible.

We also offer telemedicine appointments and COVID testing, so you can rest easy knowing you’ll get the care you need no matter what.

Are you ready for the flu season? Learn more about vaccines or schedule a care appointment at one of our convenient All Day Medical Care Clinic locations today.

All Day Medical Care Clinic Team


All Day Medical Care Clinic Team

This article was prepared with the All Day Medical Care Clinic Team and its experienced clinic providers, ensuring accurate and reliable health information.

Are Your Immunizations Up-to-Date?

If you don’t remember the last time you had an immunization, it could be time to schedule a doctor’s appointment....
Read More

What to Know When Heart Disease Runs in Your Family

When a close relative like your mother or father has a heart attack, it’s natural to wonder: “Is heart disease...
Read More

Why Relationships Are Key to Well-Being

Unlock the true potential of your well-being by embracing the power of healthy relationships! Imagine a life filled with joy,...
Read More

Mastering ADHD: Strategies for Adults in Daily Life

About ADHD ADHD, also known as adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, affects 4.4% of American adults aged 18-44 (NAMI, 2023)....
Read More

6 Benefits of Group Therapy

If the idea of group therapy has left you feeling embarrassed or intimidated, we have good news for you: Group therapy...
Read More

Work Injury? Get Evaluated and Plan Your Recovery

Unfortunately, workplace injuries are a common problem. In 2020 alone, 2.7 million people sustained nonfatal illnesses and injuries on the job, and...
Read More

Strengthen Your Relationship with Couples Counseling

People make a lot of assumptions about therapy, especially when it involves relationships. For instance, you may assume your problems...
Read More

Can Therapy Save My Marriage?

In the United States, 40-50% of marriages end in divorce. Those numbers can seem alarming, but they’re also starting to drop,...
Read More

Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Mental Health, Anxiety, and Depression

According to a scientific brief published by the World Health Organization (WHO), in the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic,...
Read More

Five Reasons Why You Should Get an Annual Check-Up

Modern life is busy and exciting and goes by at a quick pace. However, health care often becomes an afterthought,...
Read More

Home-Based Child Behavioral Disorder Help

No one ever said being a parent was easy. But it can be even more challenging when your child has...
Read More

Understanding ADHD: What You Need to Know

Many parents often come to see a psychologist with complaints about their child's inattention, inattentiveness, increased mobility, inability to control...
Read More

How Often Should I Get a Physical?

Taking a trip to the doctor may seem unnecessary when you seem perfectly healthy. However, regular physical exams provide a...
Read More

When Should I Go to the ER Instead of Urgent Care?

Health problems often come out of nowhere, especially when they involve an injury. However, whether you have a fever that...
Read More

Heart Health Screenings: Everything You Need to Know

Heart health screenings are very important for early detection and prevention of cardiovascular diseases, which are leading causes of morbidity...
Read More

15 Ways to Keep Your Brain Young and Healthy

Like any complex mechanism, our brain requires attention and care, so that even in older age it continues to operate...
Read More

9 Tips to Live a Healthy Lifestyle – And Why It’s Important

Have you ever wondered what a healthy lifestyle includes? Why should we keep living healthily? There is no such person...
Read More

New Year’s Cholesterol Control: Top 5 Tips

Approximately 1 out of 8 Americans have high total cholesterol values. However, not all cholesterol is bad, and there are many ways...
Read More

See Your Doctor from the Comfort of Your Home

At All Day Medical Care Clinic in Gaithersburg and Silver Spring, Maryland, we’re open for in-office visits. However, our team is also accepting new...
Read More

Flu Season Is Here: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

No one wants to get sick, and that goes double when it involves influenza (flu). This highly contagious respiratory infection often...
Read More

Baby’s First Year: Doctor Visit Schedule

Bringing a baby home comes with magical milestones and unexpected twists and turns. But, there’s one thing you can expect:...
Read More

Common Causes of Anger

It’s completely healthy to get angry from time to time. However, anger can also be problematic, especially if it becomes...
Read More

Getting Help for Your Anger Issues

Anger is a healthy emotion, and most of us get mad at times. This reaction can occur for various reasons,...
Read More

How to Cope with Chronic Illness During the Holiday Season

The holiday season is always associated with joy and happiness, but for people with chronic conditions, this time can be...
Read More

 Rett Syndrome

Understanding Rett Syndrome Rett syndrome is a rare neurodevelopmental disorder that primarily affects young girls. After a period of normal...
Read More

The Importance of Getting Your Women’s Health Screening

It can be hard to keep up with the demands of everyday life, especially if you feel pulled in numerous...
Read More

Types of Work Injuries

Did you know that someone gets an injury on the job every seven seconds in the United States? To provide a little...
Read More

Should I Be Tested for COVID-19?

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered a flood of information — many details of which continue to change as the medical community constantly...
Read More

Understanding What a Weight Management Program Involves

It’s no secret that losing weight is hard. However, weight management programs give you the tools and confidence you need...
Read More

Secondary Trauma: Help Others, Protect Yourself

What is Secondary Trauma Secondary traumatic stress is the emotional duress that results when an individual hears about the firsthand...
Read More

Overcoming Trauma: Finding Light in the Darkness

What is Trauma? Trauma is an emotional response to a terrifying and dangerous event, which threatens and harms an individual’s...
Read More

Erectile Dysfunction – Everything You Need to Know

Erectile dysfunction, unlike other health problems of men, occupies a special place. Due to the intimate nature of the pathology,...
Read More

Comprehensive Mental Health Treatment for All Disorders

Studies show that almost half of all American adults experience some type of mental illness at some point. Mental disorders can develop...
Read More

What is Mindfulness? Best Practice for Greater Well-being

Mindfulness is a relatively new field that has gained extremely wide popularity and application in recent years for overcoming distress,...
Read More

The Differences Between Flu and COVID-19

At a glance, it can be easy to confuse the flu and COVID-19. After all, they’re both respiratory illnesses, they’re...
Read More

Parent’s Guide to Teen Depression

Depression in teens is more than just a bad mood. Depression is characterized by a prolonged state of being down,...
Read More

5 Steps for Heart Health: Fight Coronary Disease

What is CAD? CAD, also called heart disease, or coronary heart disease, causes roughly 735,000 hearts attacks and leads to...
Read More

5 Signs Your Anxiety is Problematic

If anxiety is a problem, either for you or your child, it’s important to know that you can get relief...
Read More

The Importance of Well-Baby Care

Most people put off a trip to the doctor until they have a cough, cold, or other health concern. However, preventive...
Read More

Your Complete Guide to Men’s Health Screenings by Ages

According to a US survey, 33% of men believe they don't need annual men's health screening by age. According to...
Read More

How Setting Goals Can Positively Impact Our Mental Health

The speed of modern life is increasing day by day, and psychological and emotional stress is growing along with it....
Read More

STD Awareness & Testing for Adults

At some point in your life, you’ve probably heard someone say: If you’re sexually active, you need to get tested...
Read More

How to Know if You Have an Urgent Care Need

Advancements in technology have made it possible to get medical care as easily as possible. In fact, thanks to virtual “telemedicine”...
Read More

Top 10 Tips to Manage Blood Pressure & Prevent Hypertension

Did you know 1 in 3 adults have high blood pressure? This condition, also known as hypertension, is especially dangerous, because people...
Read More

Essential Screenings for Women’s Health Exams

There’s a reason why a routine health exam can feel, well, routine. That’s because these appointments establish a baseline of...
Read More

I Feel Constant Frustration: Can Anger Management Help?

Like most emotions, frustration isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In fact, experiencing some frustration from time to time can spur creativity...
Read More

Keeping Your Holiday and Winter Cheer Bright

The festive holiday season and chilly winter months often come with emotional challenges that can dim your cheer. Shorter days,...
Read More

How Stress Can Increase Your Risk for Heart Disease

Do you know that stress has a great impact on human health, and in most cases, in a negative way?...
Read More

What to Expect During Your First Well-Woman Exam

There’s no specific age to begin having well-woman visits. You might start having these critical annual checkups as a teenager, or...
Read More

The Importance of Self-Care In Managing Stress

Depending on the severity of the stress, the recovery process is different, but it always starts with conscious attention to...
Read More

All Day Medical Care Clinic

We are excited to announce that we have recently implemented new software to enhance our services and improve your overall experience with us. During this transition period, there may be occasional delays in our response times as our team adapts to the new system.

Please be assured that we are working diligently to minimize any disruption and continue providing you with the highest level of service. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time. Thank you for your continued support.

This will close in 0 seconds

We'll text you

Enter your info and we’ll text you shortly.

By clicking Send, I agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Use, and I consent to receiving text messages from this practice acknowledging that data rates may apply. Message frequency varies.