Tis the Flu Season

Have you noticed the sudden change in the weather? The warm weather is slowly retreating, and the cool crisp feel of fall is slowly arriving. Many of our patients have already experienced runny noses and sore throats. For a few, they caught a nasty cough. The question we get a lot is, “Are these symptoms of a cold or the flu”?

Cold Vs. Flu

The flu and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses. The difference between the two are the viruses that cause them. When you have a cold you will likely have a runny nose, maybe a sore throat and usually managed by over the counter medications. When you have the flu your symptoms are typically much more intense and are accompanied by a fever and body aches that can last for days.

Is There a Flu Season?

While colds are most likely to occur during the winter months, they occur any season. The flu however has a season. That season typically runs from November through March.

What Can I Do?

Whether you have the cold or flu virus, to help yourself feel better you should get plenty of rest and drink clear liquids. Other treatments depend on your symptoms.

What if I Have the Flu?

The flu virus is highly contagious. If you do have the flu you are encouraged to stay home and away from others, especially the very young and very old who are more susceptible to the flu.

Precautions

To avoid getting the flu you should first and foremost wash your hands and do it often. Another way to increase your chances of avoiding getting the flu is to get a flu vaccine. Our Questcare Medical clinics are offering flu shots while supplies last. Come out to any of our clinics for a flu shot.