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It’s that time of year. Each day another friend, coworker or child seems to be coming down with something.

INTEGRIS Tips on Fighting the Flu

It’s that time of year. Each day another friend, coworker or child seems to be coming down with something. But it doesn’t have to become a full-fledged infection. So, what should you do when you begin to notice symptoms? Better yet, how can you avoid a cold and flu altogether?

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The best methods for sidestepping the common cold and the flu are the same: wash your hands frequently, keep your immune system in top working order by supporting it with vitamin C and avoid cramped indoor environments full of sick people.

But to be fully prepared for flu season, there are two things you need to do. First, get a flu shot. Whether you head to your nearest pharmacy, get one at work or go through your doctor, a flu shot can mean the difference between a flu-free winter and misery.

Second, if you don’t have a physician to call your own, get one. Don’t wait until you’re sick to try to find a doctor. The best thing for your health is a physician who knows you and your unique health history.

The symptoms of the flu come on suddenly and can include fever or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue (tiredness). If you think you have the flu, talk to your doctor ASAP. There’s a brief time in which viral medication can be effective.

If you don’t have a doctor or you just feel too lousy to leave your house, then INTEGRIS Virtual Visit may be for you. Doctors and nurse practitioners are standing by 24/7 to talk via video chat or FaceTime about whatever you might need help with. Insurance is never required and the fee is always a flat $45. Member pricing may apply. After talking face-to-face with a physician or NP, they'll conduct their exam and you'll get their professional medical diagnosis, advice on next steps, prescriptions if necessary and relief.

Most visits are complete in 20 minutes or less and if it's quickly determined that your case can't be treated via Virtual Visit, you won't be charged. To schedule an appointment call INTEGRIS Virtual Visit at 844-636-7877.