If You're at High Risk and Have Flu Symptoms, LifeLong Medical Care's Immediate/Urgent Care Centers Can Help

If you or a loved one is at high risk of flu complications – and you develop flu symptoms – get a medical check-up for possible treatment with influenza antiviral drugs as quickly as possible, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

People at high risk include those over age 65, young children, pregnant women, and people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions like asthma, diabetes, or heart disease.

Doctors at LifeLong Medical Care’s Immediate/Urgent Care Centers are here to help. No appointment is necessary and everyone is welcome. These urgent care centers are open to serve you and accommodate your non-emergency medical needs. Both Centers are open on the Martin Luther King holiday, too.

“The flu virus infects the nose, throat, and lungs. It causes mild to severe illness and can sometimes lead to death,” says Eric Henley, MD, Chief Medical Officer for LifeLong Medical Care. “The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year. But if you don’t – or you get the flu anyway – be sure to get proper treatment if you are at high risk.”

LifeLong Medical Care’s Immediate/Urgent Care Centers also can give you flu vaccines.

People who are not at high risk for serious flu complications may also be treated with influenza antiviral drugs, especially if treatment can begin within 48 hours, according to the CDC.

What are the symptoms of the flu?

People who have the flu often have:

•   Fever or feeling feverish/chills

•   Cough

•   Sore throat

•   Runny or stuffy nose

•   Muscle or body aches

•   Headaches

•   Fatigue (very tired)

Payment Options

LifeLong Medical Care welcomes all – and regardless of whether you have insurance. LifeLong accepts: Medi-Cal, Medicare, and most managed care plans including Covered California. We also offer a sliding-scale discount based upon your family size and income.

To visit or for more information:

LifeLong Immediate/Urgent Care – San Pablo is open 7 days a week, Monday – Friday: 10 am – 8 pm, Saturday & Sunday: 9 am – 5 pm. Holiday hours: 9 am to 5 pm. 2023 Vale Road (across the street from former Doctor’s Medical Center), San Pablo. (510) 231-9800.

LifeLong Immediate/Urgent Care – Berkeley is open 6 days a week, Monday – Saturday: 10 am – 6 pm. Holiday hours: 9 am to 5 pm. 2001 Dwight Way (located on the first floor of Herrick Campus, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center), Berkeley. (510) 204-7979.

About LifeLong Medical Care:

LifeLong Medical Care is an innovative, non-profit Federally Qualified Health Center serving Alameda, Contra Costa, and Marin Counties with 14 health centers, two Dental Centers, an Adult Day Health Center, four school-based health centers, a Supportive Housing Program, and Urgent Care services. For more information, visit www.lifelongmedical.org.

Source: LifeLong Medical Care


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