What is Flu?

The flu, or influenza, is a common illness caused by the influenza virus. It is contagious and can easily be spread. Symptoms include fever, cough, headache, runny or stuffy nose, fatigue, sore throat, body ache, nausea and vomiting, and watery eyes.

There are several medications like Tamiflu or Flumadine that can lessen the severity and duration of the flu, but you'll want to see your doctor as soon as possible; they're most effective in the first 48 hours after you start to see symptoms. Treatment should also include getting plenty of rest and staying hydrated. Prevention is key though, and getting vaccinated at the start of flu season can keep you from getting sick.

Savings Tips for Flu

  • Generic Tamiflu Approved In Time for Flu Season

    August 19, 2016

    Just in time for flu season this year—if you do happen to get sick, you’ll have the option to take the less-expensive generic alternative Tamiflu.

    Are you ready? Flu season is concentrated in the fall and winter months (although you can get the flu year round). Flu infections peak during December and March but it can linger into May.

    If you’ve ever had the flu you know how miserable it can be. The flu can keep an otherwise healthy person out of work or school for as long as 2 weeks. See More

  • New High-Dose Flu Vaccine for 2016

    December 18, 2015

    For the 2015 – 2016 flu season, there was only one type of high-dose flu shot available. However, next year a new high-dose vaccine, Fluad, will offer another option.

    Isn’t one kind of high-dose vaccine enough? Not always. Later in flu season, you can still get vaccinated, but pharmacies may run out of the less common kinds of flu vaccine—like the nasal spray, small needle, or the high-dose shot. See More

  • 6 Cold and Flu Tips to Keep You Healthy

    December 08, 2015

    All of a sudden, everyone around you is coughing and sneezing—or worse, you already feel yourself starting to come down with a cold. What can you do to stay healthy with all of the germs floating around this time of year?

    Use these 6 tips to feel better, and keep from spreading winter illnesses.

    1. Can I get a Z-Pak with that?

      75% of all antibiotic prescriptions are written for upper respiratory infections—most of which are viral and will go away on their own.

    2.  See More
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Popular Flu Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
Neuraminidase Inhibitors 63 See Prices
Influenza A Inhibitors 45 See Prices
Influenza A Inhibitors 24 See Prices
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Note: Popularity is based on total prescriptions for the brand and generic versions of each drug, regardless of the condition being treated. Some drugs are prescribed for multiple conditions.

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