Flu: Prevention and Care


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 Nila Suntharam, MD, as she discusses symptoms, prevention and when you should call your doctor in this video.

When should I go to the doctor?

Go to the doctor if you think you have the flu or flu-like symptoms, and any of these symptoms or conditions:

  • Flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with a fever and a worse cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Pain or pressure in your chest
  • Sudden dizziness or confusion
  • Pregnant or within two weeks after delivery
  • A weakened immune system due to illness, medication, chemotherapy or HIV/AIDS
  • Any chronic respiratory disease
  • Diabetes
  • Are 65 years or older
  • Are younger than 5 years

When should I use virtuwell?

Use virtuwell, which is open 24/7, if you have any of the following flu-like symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Feeling feverish or chilled
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue or tiredness
  • Vomiting and diarrhea (more common in children than adults)