After you make an appointment with a healthcare provider for flu diagnosis and treatment, there are some steps you can take to make your visit a smooth one:

  • Make a list of symptoms and when they started.
  • Be prepared to talk about your medical history, including past illnesses, current medical conditions and allergies.
  • Make a list all medications you’re taking including vitamins and supplements and dosage for each.

Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Influenza (Flu)

Revie this list of common concerns about the flu before your appointment, or print it out to bring with you to discuss with your doctor.

  • How can I distinguish between a cold and the flu?
  • How long will my symptoms last? When will I feel better?
  • How long will I be contagious?
  • How do I know if this is swine flu or a different type?
  • How do I know if the flu is progressing to pneumonia or a secondary infection?
  • Do antibiotics treat the flu?
  • What drugs will help relieve the flu symptoms?
  • Are there vitamins or supplements that treat the flu or speed up recovery?
  • Are cold medications effective for the flu?
  • Can a flu shot get rid of the flu?
  • What can I do to prevent my children or family from catching the flu?
  • What should I eat and drink? What liquids or food should I avoid?
  • When can I return to work?
  • Would a vaporizer or humidifier help?
  • Should my spouse sleep in a different room?
  • Will smoking prolong the flu or make it worse?
  • Is the flu shot safe in pregnancy? Can the flu harm my pregnancy?