Influenza, known as the flu, is a contagious respiratory illness caused by a virus that infects millions of Americans each year. Unlike the common cold, the flu comes on suddenly and causes more intense symptoms, including fever, body aches, cough, sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, chills, and fatigue.
Protecting yourself from the flu can be as simple as getting the flu vaccine, which is available as a nasal spray or shot. NYU Langone doctors offer immunization for everyone aged six months and older.
NYU Langone doctors provide expert care for people who have the flu. Our specialists aim to treat people with the flu as early as possible—preferably within 24 hours of the onset of symptoms. This can help reduce the severity of symptoms and decrease the chance of spreading the virus.
Most people who contract the flu recover on their own in fewer than two weeks without treatment by a doctor. If your symptoms are severe or if you’re at risk for complications, our doctors prescribe medication, which can help reduce the severity and duration of symptoms and prevent complications. Children with the flu are treated at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone.
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