Flu Resources

​Flu season is easy to miss, especially with media coverage focused on COVID-19. Influenza or “seasonal flu” is a contagious respiratory disease that can lead to serious illness, hospitalization, or even death. It is essential to be prepared and ready for when flu season comes around.

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​When is flu season?

While seasonal influenza (flu) viruses are detected year-round, flu viruses are most common during the fall and winter. The exact timing and duration of flu seasons vary, but influenza activity often begins to increase in October. Typically, we will see most flu cases between December and February, but sometimes we can see high flu activity all the way into May!

Because of its timing, flu can quickly spread through schools, the workplace, and events. This makes it essential to be vigilant by monitoring your symptoms, taking care of yourself, and doing your part to prevent the spread of the flu.

What are the symptoms of the flu?

The flu can come on suddenly and includes symptoms such as:

  • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills

    • *It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

  • Cough

  • Sore throat

  • Runny or stuffy nose

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headaches

  • Fatigue (tiredness)

  • Some may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

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Is there a difference between the flu and a cold?

Influenza (flu) and the common cold are both contagious respiratory illnesses, but different viruses cause them.

Because colds and the flu share many symptoms, it can be tricky (or even impossible) to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. This makes it especially important if you think you may have the flu to get in touch with your primary care provider (PCP) and figure out your best options for testing and care.

What can I do to protect myself from the flu?

  • CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses. Flu vaccines are our best tool in our fight against flu season and it's important to get your yearly vaccination as the flu virus can change from year to year.
    • Stay tuned for more information on flu vaccines as the flu season gets closer!
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water.
  • Cover you mouth and nose when you cough/sneeze.
  • Reguarly disinfect high touch surfaces such as doorknobs.
  • Stay home if you feel sick!

When should I get my flu vaccine?

GHC-SCW is getting ready to provide our members with flu vaccinations this fall! 

Stay tuned for more information on where you can get your flu vaccine.

I think I might have the flu, what should I do?

If you think you might have the flu, you have a variety of options available of you to get care as a GHC-SCW member.

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GHC NurseConnect

You can call the 24/7 GHC NurseConnect hotline at (608) 661-7350 or toll-free at (855) 661-7350.

 
From there, you can receive advice on how to proceed with care and potential testing.

 

GHC Care OnDemand​

GHC Care OnDemand doctors are available 24/7/365.*


 

That means you can get a prescription or a virtual exam after hours, middle of the night, on the weekends or even on holidays, ensuring you have access to care all flu season long!


 

*Restrictions or limitations apply for members with BadgerCare Plus, Medicare or HSAs. 

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virtuwell

When the flu finds you, you can find relief quickly with virtuwell.


 

You can get a diagnosis and prescription in just a few minutes with virtuwell, your 24/7 online clinic.*


 

*All GHC-SCW HMO and PPO members that reside in AZ, CA, CO, CT, IA, MI, MN, ND, NY, PA, SD, VA and WI get free virtuwell® visits. Badgercare Plus and Medicare Select members cannot use virtuwell.