What's the difference between a cold and flu?
The common cold and the flu are both respiratory illnesses caused by different viruses. In general, flu is worse than the common cold, and symptoms are more intense. Colds generally do not result in serious health problems, such as pneumonia, bacterial infections, or hospitalizations. Flu can have very serious associated complications.
Get the Treatment you Need
Antiviral medications are normally used to treat flu illness. Antiviral drugs can lessen symptoms and shorten the time of sickness by 1 or 2 days, and can prevent serious flu complications, like pneumonia. Your Alpha Provider will not prescribe antibiotics for viral infections like the common cold, and may refer you to an in-person clinical visit if they are concerned that you may have conditions like strep throat or pneumonia. Please note that the one-time medical fee is non-refundable.
Suffering from a cold or the flu? Alpha Providers can help.
Learn About Cold & Flu
What can you do to protect yourself and others from the cold and flu? Learn from our Alpha Providers.
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What are antiviral medications?
What are the benefits of the flu vaccination?
Have you tested positive for COVID-19?
Under an EUA (Emergency Use Authorization), the FDA has authorized the use of PAXLOVID™ for the treatment of mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in adults and children (12 and older) who are at high risk for progression to severe COVID-19.
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