If you think you have the flu, you should:

  • Avoid contact with others, get rest, stay hydrated, and seek treatment early on.
  • Consult your doctor for the best treatment, but also be aware of emergency warning signs that require urgent medical attention.
  • Call the Blue Care LineSM, our 24-hour nurse line at 1-888-247-BLUE (2583) with questions related to your health.

How do you treat the flu?

The CDC and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health do not recommend the routine use of the antiviral medicines Tamiflu (oseltamivir) or Relenza (zanamivir) for the treatment or prevention of the flu for low-risk patients. These medicines are for patients who are very sick, are in an at-risk group, or are directed by public health officials to use them.

An important note:
High-risk groups, including pregnant women, are encouraged by the CDC to seek prompt medical attention if they have been exposed to or have developed the flu.

Please see the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and CDC websites for their guidelines.

Please note this information is being provided for educational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice. Please consult your doctor for medical advice.