The Flu: Management
Managing symptoms of the flu
Screen for other conditions that may present with symptoms similar to the flu, and confirm with a differential diagnosis.
Increase patient awareness of the causes of the flu and how to reduce their risk of illness, as well as how to minimise transmission to other people.
When considering referral to a physician, where appropriate, recommend or provide treatments to address the specific symptoms and needs of your patient.
Management of the flu depends on the presenting symptoms
Relief of fever
A high fever is not uncommon during the flu, and can last 3-4 days.13
Recommending or providing an antipyretic medication can effectively reduce body temperature.14-16
Flu management: in summary
Identifying your patients’ most bothersome presenting symptoms of their flu infections will help guide your recommendations.