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Flu vs. Cold
Thursday, January 2, 2014

Is your office a symphony of wheezes, coughs and sneezing? Or is it eerily quiet because half the staff is home nursing a nasty flu? ‘Tis the season for more than shopping, unfortunately; it’s also flu season, which is really just getting started. You can find yourself battling the flu anytime of the year but flu season - when catching the virus is most common - is generally considered to be between late fall and late spring.

Influenza (the “flu) is a respiratory virus that is highly contagious, usually entering the body through the eyes, nose and mouth. It differs from a common cold in a number of ways, including:

Flu Symptoms:

  • Onset is abrupt
  • A fever is typical; usually lasting 3 - 4 days
  • Aches and chills are common
  • Fatigue, chest discomfort and headache are common and can be severe
  • Sneezing, stuffy nose and sore throat are less common

Common Cold Symptoms:

  • Onset is gradual
  • A fever is uncommon
  • Aches and chills are uncommon or very slight
  • Fatigue, chest discomfort and headache are uncommon or very slight
  • Sneezing, stuffy nose and sore throat are very common
Avoiding the flu should be a high priority because it can be far more disruptive to our lives than a common cold - even to the point of needing hospitalization or facing death. The CDC recommends that everyone get a flu vaccine for the seasonal flu. While this is a great way to protect yourself, because there are a number of viruses circulating at any given time, you are still at risk of catching a flu virus even with the vaccine.

Some of the ways you can avoid influenza and help prevent its spread include:
  • Washing your hands. A lot. Every time you wash your hands you lower your risk of catching the flu virus - or even a common cold.
  • If you are sick, staying home until you are well again.
  • If you or someone in your house is sick, carefully cleaning and disinfecting areas where flu germs may be hiding.
  • Covering your coughs and sneezes. This simple practice helps reduce the spread of germs significantly.
  • If you do get the flu, contacting your doctor. You may be able to get antiviral medication to help with symptoms and to recover more quickly.
With a little precaution you can get through flu season unscathed. But if you do find yourself feverish and achy, be sure to give us a call.



 

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