Let’s Take on Cold & Flu Season.

We can do it – together.

It’s that time of year. Each day another friend, coworker or child seems to be coming down with something. But it doesn’t have to become a full-fledged infection So, what should you do when you begin to notice symptoms? Better yet, how can you avoid a cold and flu altogether?

The best methods for sidestepping the common cold and the flu are the same: wash your hands frequently, get a flu shot, keep your immune system in top working order by staying healthy and supporting it with vitamin C and avoid cramped indoor environments full of sick people.

If you do begin to notice symptoms, your best bet it is to know which illness you’re most likely up against.

Be Prepared for Flu Season

If you want to be well-prepared for flu season, there are two things you need to do. First, get a flu shot. Whether you head to your nearest pharmacy, get one at work or go through your doctor, a flu shot can mean the difference between a flu-free winter and misery.

Second, if you don’t have a physician to call your own, get one. Don’t wait until you’re sick to try to find a doctor, and though an urgent care facility can help you when you have the flu, it’s really just a bandage. The best thing for your health is a physician who knows you and your unique health history.

Is It the Flu or a Cold?

The symptoms of the flu come on suddenly and can include fever or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue (tiredness). If you think you have the flu, talk to your doctor ASAP. There’s a brief time in which viral medication can be effective.

Symptoms (in order of frequency):

  • Fever
  • Aches
  • Fatigue & Weakness
  • Chills
  • Chest Discomfort & Cough
  • Headache
  • Sneezing
  • Stuffy Nose
  • Sore Throat

Source: CDC

Cold symptoms are usually milder than flu symptoms and appear more gradually. Colds are more associated with a runny or stuffy nose and generally do not result in serious health problems.

Symptoms (in order of frequency):

  • Sneezing
  • Stuffy Nose
  • Sore Throat
  • Fatigue & Weakness
  • Chest Discomfort & Cough
  • Aches
  • Chills (uncommon)
  • Fever (rare)
  • Headache (rare)

Source: CDC

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