Urgent Care located in West Valley, Yakima, WA

Flu services offered in West Valley, Yakima, WA

If you have chills, body aches, or a fever, the experienced health care providers at Summitview Urgent Care can deliver the prompt care you need at their clinic in Yakima, Washington. The urgent care center offers flu tests and treatments to relieve your symptoms and accelerate your recovery. Call or schedule an appointment online today to learn more.

Flu Q & A

What is the flu?

The flu is an infection caused by the influenza virus. A highly contagious respiratory illness, the flu can spread quickly and cause mild-to-severe symptoms. Early intervention is essential to prevent serious complications, like pneumonia. The viral infection typically spreads to air droplets when a person sneezes, coughs, or touches a surface contaminated with the virus.

The experienced physicians at Summitview Urgent Care understand how quickly flu symptoms can develop. If you have severe symptoms or an underlying medical condition, the urgent care center is open seven days a week and welcomes walk-ins.

What are the symptoms of the flu?

Flu symptoms can vary and develop within one to seven days of infection. While the virus primarily affects your respiratory system, it can cause full-body symptoms. Common symptoms of the flu include:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Fatigue 
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Vomiting and diarrhea 
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches

Some flu symptoms, like nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, are more common in children than adults. If you or your child experience any of the above symptoms, the emergency room-trained physicians at Summitview Urgent Care can diagnose your condition and determine the appropriate treatment.

How is the flu diagnosed?

Your physician can typically diagnose the flu based on your symptoms. However, they may also recommend a flu test to confirm, especially if you are pregnant or have an underlying medical concern, like asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). 

The two most common types are rapid influenza diagnostic tests (RIDTs) and more sensitive tests, such as reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests. Your doctor can determine the best type for you after evaluating the severity of your symptoms.

What are the treatments for the flu?

Flu symptoms often resolve after a week or two of at-home care. Rest and fluids are essential to promote healing and prevent dehydration while you recover. Over-the-counter medications, such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen, can help relieve many symptoms, including aches and pains.

Call Summitview Urgent Care today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about the flu.