It's Flu Season

  

Flu season in upon us and this year’s strain of flu seems to be prolific.  If you haven’t experienced flu symptoms yet, below is some information to help you take necessary precautions.

The Center for Disease Control states, “Influenza (also known as the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The flu is different from a cold. The flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:

  • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

* It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.”

So how do you know if you have a cold or the flu?  cdc.gov

Flu vs Cold

Signs and Symptoms

Influenza

Cold

Symptom onset

Abrupt

Gradual

Fever

Usual; lasts 3-4 days

Rare

Aches

Usual; often severe

Slight

Chills

Fairly common

Uncommon

Fatigue, weakness

Usual

Sometimes

Sneezing

Sometimes

Common

Stuffy nose

Sometimes

Common

Sore throat

Sometimes

Common

Chest discomfort, cough

Common; can be severe

Mild to moderate; hacking cough

Headache

Common

Rare

Anyone is susceptible to the flu but persons 65 years and older, persons with certain chronic medical conditions, pregnant women and young children are more at risk.

For additional information on the flu, click here or download the CDC’s Flu Guide or Treating Influenza

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