Chances are, since you have a mother, you’ve heard of the flue. It can cause fever, sore throat, a runny nose–well, quite simply, it makes you feel terrible. But did you know that there is more than one type of flu virus? In fact, there are three different types of the flu virus: A, B, and C.

Influenza A and influenza B are the ones that typically cause the annual flu epidemics. Though type C also causes the flu, the symptoms are much less severe. Unlike influenza A, influenza B is only found in humans and causes moderate symptoms. Flu season has begun, but it isn’t too late to get your flu shot. FastMed Urgent Care provides flu shots for kids and adults at our walk-in clinics every day of the week.

The A, B, C’s of Influenza

Influenza BThe flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by a flu virus, such as influenza B. The flu can cause mild to severe symptoms and, in some cases, can lead to death. The flu has a few of common symptoms, which vary based on each case:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

People who get the flu often recover in a few days, but some people can develop complications that could be life-threatening. Worsening flu symptoms could be a sign of a secondary or bacterial infection.

If you have the flu for a few days and worsens, visit FastMed immediately. FastMed Urgent Care can provide you with treatment to lessen the severity of your flu symptoms, as well as help prevent you from passing the flu to your family, friends, and coworkers.

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