What is the difference between a cold and flu?
Flu and the common cold 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.
There are four FDA-approved antiviral drugs recommended by CDC this season: oseltamivir phosphate (Tamiflu®), zanamivir (Relenza®), peramivir (Rapivab®), and baloxavir marboxil (Xofluza®).
Your Alpha Provider will not prescribe antibiotics for the common cold.
How It Works
Answer some questions about your current symptoms & upload photos if needed
- all online.
A medical provider will review your responses and send a treatment plan within 24 hours
(8 hours for urgent care cases).
Any prescriptions will be shipped for free or sent to your nearest pharmacy for pick up. You’ll be charged a $10 medical visit fee.