What to Do If You Get the Flu
If you think you have the flu, you should:
- Avoid contact with others, get some rest, stay hydrated, and seek treatment early on.
- Consult your doctor for the best treatment, and be aware of emergency warning signs that require urgent medical attention, such as fever higher than 104.
- Call Blue Cross' 24/7 Nurse Care Line 1-888-247-BLUE (2583) to talk to a registered nurse about your health.
How Do You Treat the Flu?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (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. Please refer to these medications' guidelines for more details.
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 note: This information is being provided for educational purposes only and shouldn't be considered medical advice. Please consult your doctor for medical advice.