ALL ABOUT THE FLU: Do I have a cold or the flu?
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ALL ABOUT THE FLU: Do I have a cold or the flu?

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Commonly known as "the flu" influenza is an infection in the airways caused by the influenza virus.

The flu is easily caught and easily spread. Although some symptoms may be cold-like (see comparison chart below), they are far more serious: headache, chills and dry cough are rapidly joined by body aches and fever. While the fever declines on the second or third day of the illness, full recovery may take up to 6 weeks.

The flu shot is the most effective and longest lasting protection against the influenza virus and the illness it can cause. As people are vaccinated, the influenza virus has less chance to multiply and circulate.

Protecting yourself can also benefit those around you who may be at risk of severe complication from influenza.

Protect yourself -- get the flu shot.

SYMPTOM

COLD

INFLUENZA

Fever

Rare

Unusual, high fever (102 F / 39C - 104F / 40C), sudden onset, lasts 3-4 days

Headache

Rare

Unusual, can be severe

General aches & pains

Sometimes, mild

Unusual, often severe

Fatigue and weakness

Sometimes, mild

Usual, severe, may last 2-3 weeks or more

Extreme fatigue

Unusual

Usual, early onset, can be severe

Runny, stuffy nose

Common

Common

Sneezing

Common

Sometimes

Sore throat

Common

Common

Chest discomfort, coughing

Sometimes, mild to moderate

Usual, can become severe

Complications

Can lead to sinus congestion or ear ache

Can lead to pneumonia and respiratory failure, can worsen a current chronic condition, can be life-threatening

Prevention

Frequent hand-washing

Annual vaccination and frequent hand-washing

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