Symptoms of the flu and the common cold can be very similar. But it's important to know the differences between the two, as the flu can lead to serious complications.
ContinuEM Urgent Care in Lakewood offers flu testing for accurate results so you can get proper treatment right away, if needed.
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Colds and flu can share many of the same symptoms, but they are caused by different viruses and there are some key differences.
Flu symptoms usually come on quickly and tend to be more severe than a cold. You may feel very tired and fatigued.
Fever and chills are more common with the flu.
Colds have a more gradual onset of symptoms than the flu and tend to be more mild. You can have fever, chills, fatigue, and headache. But those are less common with a cold and more common with the flu.
You are most likely to have a stuffy or runny nose when you have a cold.
The acute symptoms of a cold typically last 7-10 days. While most colds are mild and can be treated at home, there are some instances where you should see a doctor:
You know your body best and if something feels different from when you normally get sick, trust your gut and see a doctor in person or virtually.
When it comes to the flu, prevention is key. The single best way to avoid getting the flu is to make sure you get your flu shot. Flu season typically runs between fall and winter. To maximize your protection, it’s best to get your flu shot at the beginning of each flu season. The CDC recommends everyone aged 6 months and older get an annual flu shot. There are rare exceptions, so talk to a doctor if you have concerns.
Getting your annual flu shot is the best way to protect you and your loved ones during flu season.
Make an appointment today to get your flu shot at ContinuEM - we'll make it as easy as possible.
No. Call 911. ContinuEM can handle 90% of what usually gets handled at a typical ER. In the event you need to go to the ER, we will help you coordinate the next steps.
#1 Alternative to Long Beach Urgent Care
We don’t replace your existing doctors. We work closely with them and keep them in the loop the entire time, ensuring that your care is comprehensive and coordinated.
Always. (Except for narcotics)
Unlike urgent care clinics, ContinuEM facilities have greater capabilities such as CT, MRI, advanced IV medication and an on-site laboratory.
We offer both Nasopharyngeal (NP) PCR and Oropharyngeal (OP) PCR tests.
Nasopharyngeal (NP) PCR swabs are a nasal swab test and can offer results in as little as 30 minutes.
Oropharyngeal (OP) PCR swabs are taken from the back of the mouth and throat and offer results in 12-48 hours
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Monday, Sept 4th
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New Years Eve, 12/31
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