Treatment of flu (influenza)

Learn how flu is diagnosed and how it is treated.

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How is flu diagnosed?

The flu is usually diagnosed by a health care provider based on:

  • symptoms
  • laboratory tests

How is flu treated?

Be aware of the symptoms of the flu and what to do if you get sick.

Mild flu symptoms can be treated with:

  • rest
  • fluids
  • medicine to reduce any fever or aches

Over-the-counter cough and flu medicine should not be given to children younger than 6 years old. It is only safe to do so if advised by your health care provider.

Your health care provider may prescribe an antiviral drug if you are:

It is important to start antiviral medication as soon as possible.

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