If you think you have the flu, it’s important to:
Antiviral medications are available with a prescription. These medicines can make the illness milder, shorten the length of time you’re sick and may help guard against flu-related complications. But these medicines work best when they are started within 48 hours of noticing symptoms.
Your health professional is in the best position to decide whether an antiviral is right for you and any other members of your household.
Remember that people with the flu are most contagious, or able to spread the infection to others, in the first three-to-four days after their illness starts, according to the CDC.
Unlike the common cold, the flu comes on suddenly. People who have the flu usually experience some or all these symptoms:
Some people may have vomiting or diarrhea, but these are more likely in children than adults.