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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Cold or the Flu?




How can you tell the difference between a cold and the flu? Knowing the difference:

The common cold and the flu are contagious respiratory infections that affect  millions of people annually. Children can be affected more often than adults; and may catch a cold up to 10 times per year.

Generally the flu happens less often than colds.

Recognize the difference in the symptoms:

COLD:
  • Low grade  or NO fever
  • Headaches are UNCOMMON
  • Mild fatigue, weakness
  • Mild aches and pains
  • Sneezing, stuffy nose
  • Mild cough
  • Sore throat
FLU:
  • Sudden fever lasting 3-4 days
  • Headache - prominent
  • Extreme fatigue that can last weeks
  • Severe aches and pains
  • Sneezing, stuffy nose - sometimes
  • Cough - can be severe
  • Sore throat - sometimes
PREVENTION:
  • Wash hands with soap and water
  • Keep kitchen, restroom, toys, remotes, etc. clean
  • Don't share food or drink items
  • Avoid contact
  • Avoid crowds
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Keep your hands away from eyes, nose and mouth
  • Get plenty of sleep, exercise and nutritious food
  • Get your flu vaccine

DON'T SPREAD GERMS:
  • Avoid close contact
  • Use tissues or inside of elbow for coughing and sneezing
  • Wash thoroughly after coughing and sneezing
  • Discard used tissues immediately
TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF:
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Increase rest
  • Avoid tobacco and alcohol
SEEK MEDICAL ADVICE:
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Feeling of faintness
  • Severe sore throat
  • Productive cough with colored phlegm
  • High fever
  • Symptoms last more than 10 days
  • Fever with shaking chills
  • Chest pain with breathing or cough
  • If you have other health conditions
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