Cold vs. Flu

Hopefully by now, you and your children have had your flu vaccines! If not, it is not too late. Children, the elderly, and people with chronic medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, heart conditions) can be at particularly high risk for complications from the flu.

Cold and flu symptoms may appear the same so it is hard to tell which one your child has.

-Flu symptoms have an abrupt onset and cold symptoms are generally gradual over 2-3 days

-Flu presents with a high fever and colds rarely have fevers and not usually over 101 degrees

-Flu can have body aches , headaches and chills while colds rarely have these

-Fatigue and weakness are worse with flu

-Sneezing, stuffy nose and sore throat can be present with flu, but are more common with colds

-Chest discomfort and cough are present with both but worse with flu

-Vomiting and diarrhea are common in children with the flu

Prevention of both cold and flu are key! Use good hand hygiene, keep your hands away from your nose and mouth, and try to keep away from others that are sick.

If you are sick, stay home from work or school to prevent spreading!!!!

If you have not had your flu vaccine, call us to get scheduled!

We hope you have a healthy holiday season!