Cold and flu symptoms can be confusing and it’s not always easy to know what you have – or when to seek care. When you have the flu, it often comes on with a bang and knocks you off your feet. Learn how to spot the signs of the flu with this handy checklist.
When it comes to the flu, getting treatment within the first 48 hours can make all the difference. With Virtuwell, you can start a visit online 24/7 from the comfort of your home. In about an hour, you’ll get a diagnosis, treatment plan, and prescriptions if needed from board certified nurse practitioners.
Getting the flu is never convenient. Start a visit now, we’re here to help.
You’ll answer the same questions online that you’d hear in a doctor’s office.
Our nurse practitioners will send you a treatment plan tailored to you.
A Virtuwell visit is never more than $59. That includes any follow-up and questions along the way. While you don’t need insurance to use Virtuwell, it can often bring the cost lower.Pricing & insurance
The flu is a viral infection – and very contagious. It’s really important to stay home when you are sick in order to prevent spread of illness to your friends, family, and coworkers. A good rule of thumb is to stay home from work or school for at least 24 hours after your fever has gone away without the use of fever reducing medication such as Tylenol or ibuprofen.
Most people with flu-like symptoms can be treated from home. The following groups and those with symptoms noted below should be seen in-person:
Many people experiencing flu symptoms will recover on their own without the need for prescription medications. For others, including those is high risk groups, anti-viral medications like Tamiflu® may help to shorten and reduce flu symptoms.
No. Antibiotics are designed to treat bacterial infections. Influenza and most other seasonal cold and crud illnesses are caused by viruses. It’s important to use antibiotics only when they’re necessary, because bacteria can develop resistance to antibiotics over time. You can help keep antibiotics effective by not taking them to treat the flu or other viral infections.
Treatment plans include your diagnosis and recommended medications, including prescriptions. You’ll pick up and pay for any prescriptions at your pharmacy, just like a typical clinic visit. We’ll also outline what you can expect while following your treatment plan and future prevention tips. Plus, any follow-up care related to the visit are included, free of charge.
If your treatment plan isn't working for you, follow-up care and any adjustments related to your initial visit are included at no charge. Simply select Help in your treatment plan to Request a Follow-up with a nurse practitioner.