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Posted on: December 19, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Is it a cold or the flu?


Do you know if you have a cold or flu?  Know the symptoms and how to protect yourself.

Common Flu Signs & Symptoms

Flu signs and symptoms usually come on suddenly. People who are sick with 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.

To Protect Yourself From the Flu

These steps can also help you protect yourself, family members, and friends:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with your upper sleeve, and try to avoid touching your face with your hand. If you use a tissue, throw it away after one use.

  • Use your own drinking cups and straws. 

  • Avoid being exposed to people who are sick.

  • Eat nutritious meals, get plenty of rest, and do not smoke.

  • Frequently clean commonly touched surfaces (e.g., doorknobs, refrigerator handle, telephone, faucets).If you’re sick, stay home, rest, drink plenty of liquids, and avoid using alcohol and tobacco.

  • If you are sick, see a health care provider if your symptoms persist or get worse.

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