Most people with the flu don't require medical care. If you get sick with flu symptoms (PDF), in most situations, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people. Learn more about the flu from Park Nicollet’s Dr. Nila Suntharam as she discusses symptoms, prevention and when you should call your doctor in this video.
Generally, you can address concerns about symptoms by:
If you are very sick with flu symptoms, or are at high risk for serious complications from the flu, call your doctor right away. People at higher risk include: young children, people 65 years and older, pregnant women and people with certain health conditions, such as heart, lung, liver or kidney disease, or a weakened immune system.