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:
- 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:
- 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:
- at high risk for flu-related complications
- sick enough to need hospital care
It is important to start antiviral medication as soon as possible.
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