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Flu (influenza) treatment, diagnosis & prescriptions

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What is a flu?

The flu is a contagious viral infection that affects your upper respiratory system (nose, throat, lungs). People often confuse the flu with the common cold, but it is a distinct illness accompanied by more serious symptoms. Unlike the common cold, the flu can be deadly, and is one of the top 10 causes of death in developed nations.

It is commonly spread when people infected by the virus cough or sneeze, and it can also be transmitted by touching surfaces or objects contaminated with the virus.

Once you’re exposed to the flu virus, it takes 1-4 days before symptoms begin to appear, so it’s often hard to pinpoint exactly where you got it from.

What are the symptoms of a flu?

Symptoms include:

  • Body aches and pain
  • Chills
  • Dry cough
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Fever of 38 C (100.4 F) or higher
  • Headache
  • Nasal congestion
  • Sore throat
How can I treat a flu?

Treatments for the flu usually include getting enough rest and fluids in your system. In some cases, you can also get flu prescriptions of antiviral medications to shorten the length and severity of the illness. Over-the-counter pain medicines can be used to reduce body aches and headaches if needed.

Flu tests are available, usually in the form of a nasal swab, but are not always needed, as doctors can diagnose a flu based on symptoms alone.

The best way to prevent catching the flu is to avoid coming in contact with the flu virus.

  • Get the flu shot
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Cover your nose and mouth when sneezing and coughing
  • Disinfect surfaces often
  • Limit touching your eyes, mouth, and nose
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often. Use hand sanitizer when soap and water isn’t available

Meet our doctors

Our physicians are Canadian licensed and practice family or emergency medicine right here in Canada.

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Dr. Paul Medve

Dr. Paul Medve

ER Physician, Simcoe

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Dr. Kate McLachlin

Dr. Kate McLachlin

Family Physician, Toronto

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Dr. Tanja Vlahovich

Dr. Tanja Vlahovich

ER Physician, Toronto

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Dr. Donald Ginsberg

Dr. Donald Ginsberg

Family Physician, Montreal

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Dr. Michael Verbora

Dr. Michael Verbora

Family Physician, Toronto

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Dr. Garth Slysz

Dr. Garth Slysz

Family Physician, Charlottetown

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Dr. Aleksandra Ferenc

Dr. Aleksandra Ferenc

Family Physician, Mississauga

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Dr. Shafik Dharamshi

Dr. Shafik Dharamshi

ER Physician, Toronto

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Dr. Eric Fonberg

Dr. Eric Fonberg

Family & ER Physician, Toronto

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Dr. Bharat Bahl

Dr. Bharat Bahl

ER Physician, Toronto

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What is Maple?

With Maple, you can start consulting with a doctor about your symptoms in a matter of minutes. We’re a healthcare app for fast, convenient 24/7 access to Canadian doctors.

You simply log in, tap a button to request a consultation, and we’ll immediately connect you to a doctor via live chat or video.

Our doctors can assess symptoms, and provide treatment, including prescriptions as necessary.

You can visit our How it Works page to learn more.

Can a doctor treat a flu on Maple?

In most cases, diagnosing the flu is something our doctors can do online by asking about your symptoms.

If the doctor suspects you have the flu virus, they can prescribe antiviral medication to reduce the duration of the illness.

Doctors can also write sick notes for the flu in the case you need to be excused from work, school, or other situations.

Can I get a prescription on Maple?

Yes, our physicians can prescribe medications online during your consultation. Once you accept a prescription, you’ll have the option to pick it up from any pharmacy or we’ll deliver it right to your door at no additional cost.

You can visit our How it Works page to learn more.

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