Care and Treatment for Influenza
Why Choose Treatment for Influenza at University of Colorado Hospital?
The Infectious Disease Group Practice at University of Colorado Hospital is nationally recognized. Our doctors are board-certified and conduct groundbreaking research. In addition, our multidisciplinary care team has experience in diagnosing and managing a wide range of infectious diseases, including influenza. And we offer patients access to the latest treatments.
What is Influenza?
Influenza (“the flu”) is caused by the influenza virus. It infects the respiratory tract, affecting the nose, throat and lungs. The flu can cause severe illness and life-threaning complications, like bacterial pneumonia and dehydration. It can also cause chronic medical condititions to worsen.
Influenza symptoms include:
- Body aches
- Sore throat
Mild or severe, there's always a flu season
Each flu season varies. The Centers for Disease Control estimate that each year in the Unites States, approximately:
- 5 to 20 percent of people get the flu
- 200,000 people are hospitalized for flu-related complications
- Roughly 36,000 people die from complications of the flu. Young children, the elderly and people with chronic medical conditions are more likely to develop serious complicatons.
Tests and Treatments
Tests for Influenza
- Physical examination. Your doctor may diagnose based on symptoms.
- Rapid antigen detection tests. A blood test that detects influenza.
- Fluorescent antibody tests. Differentiates between several upper respiratory viruses and between influenza A and B.
Treatments for Influenza
- Antiviral medications. Prescription medications that treat the flu.
- Hospitalization. When influenza causes severe illness, a patient may be hospitalized. This includes treatment for dehydration.
Your Medical Team
The Infectious Disease Group Practice at University of Colorado has a multidisciplinary team of health care providers. Each specialist is trained to provide different aspects of infectious disease care. Your medical team will be assembled with the specialists best suited to treat your condition.
Infectious Disease Specialists at University of Colorado Hospital
Infectious disease specialists – board-certified doctors who are specially trained in diagnosing and treating infectious diseases.
Nurse practitioner (NP) – a registered nurse who has completed a master’s degree. NPs are licensed to see patients for assessment, treatment and follow-up.
Registered nurse – graduated from a formal nursing education program and is licensed by the state of Colorado.
Pharmacists – have a doctorate degree in the science of medication.
Nutritionists – health professionals with special training in nutrition. They help patients determine the best dietary choices for better health.
Endocrinologist – a board-certified medical doctor who is specially trained to diagnose diseases that affect the glands.
Obstetricians/gynecologists – an obstetrician is a board-certified medical doctor who specializes in delivering babies. A gynecologist is a board-certified medical doctor who specializes in treating diseases of the female reproductive system.
Oncologist – a board-certified medical doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating cancer.
Psychiatrist – a board-certified medical doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating mental disorders.
Psychiatric nurses – have special training in caring for patients with mental disorders.
Other Infectious Disease Staff
Social workers – help individuals ensure their personal well being and provide the resources for people to get the help they need, by assessing all aspects of their life and culture.
Additional Influenza Resources
Centers for Disease Control influenza page