CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (Jan. 8, 2018) – Cases of influenza, or flu, recently spiked significantly across much of the country and locally.

The flu and common cold can have similar symptoms – fever, body aches, fatigue and cough – but generally, symptoms of flu are more intense.

People who get the flu should rest, stay hydrated and avoid contact with the public until at least 24 hours after their fever has broken without the aid of fever-reducing medicine.

Most people who become sick with influenza will experience mild to moderate symptoms. For those who seek treatment, but who are unable to get scheduled with their primary-care provider, Summit Health offers several options for convenient, same-day care:

  • Summit Primary Care & Walk-in – Waynesboro Medical Office Building
  • Summit Primary Care & Walk-in – John L. Grove Medical Center
  • Summit FastCare
  • Chambersburg Urgent Care
  • Shippensburg Urgent Care

Seek emergency medical attention immediately if you experience severe or life-threatening symptoms, including:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Purple or blue discoloration of the lips
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Flu-like symptoms that improve but return with fever and cough