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

  • 10 Things To Use Your Health Insurance For, Now That You’ve Met Your Deductible

    October 26, 2018

    Our offices are packed with folks “getting things done” before the end of the year because they’ve met their deductible and things are “free” now. Here’s what you can think about cramming in before 2019 starts.

     

     

    1) Take a shot! Immunizations.

    Make sure your vaccines are up to date. That means Tdap, Shingrix, Pneumovax 23, Prevnar 13, flu, hep A and hep B. Tdap—to prevent tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis—is done every 10 years. See More

  • Generic Tamiflu, Oseltamivir, Is Now Available for Flu Treatment – Here’s What You Need To Know

    August 28, 2018

    If you happen to get sick this flu season, you now have the option to take the less expensive generic alternative Tamiflu.

    Are you ready? In the United States, flu cases spike 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 two weeks. See More

  • Ten Things You May Not Know About Tamiflu

    January 15, 2018

    December and January are top months for flu, and therefore, Tamiflu (oseltamivir). Here are some things to know about the pill that may save you.

    1. Tamiflu (oseltamivir) has activity against influenza A and B unlike amantadine and rimantadine (Flumadine), which only have activity against influenza A.
    2. Tamiflu reduces the time of improvement by 1.3 days (30%) compared to patients receiving placebo.
    3. For it to work, you must begin Tamiflu within 48 hours of symptom onset.
    4. See More
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Popular Flu Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
Neuraminidase Inhibitors 112 See Prices
Influenza A Inhibitors 49 See Prices
Influenza A Inhibitors 36 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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