|Is it a Cold or the Flu?|
Every year, up to 60 million people in the United States come down with the flu. Besides the distress of the illness, daily life can be disrupted. Knowing the difference between a cold and the flu, as well as how to prevent and treat it, can help keep your family healthy this flu season.
Colds and flu are both caused by viruses and are highly contagious. With the flu, the symptoms in adults and children come on like a freight train and are much more severe, causing fever spikes, body aches, fatigue, and chills.
The Chart below can help you to know the difference between a cold and the flu.
Know Your Flu Facts
Treatment and Prevention for Your Whole Family
The first line of defense against the flu is to get a flu shot each fall. It is NOT TRUE that getting the vaccine will give you the flu. But because the particular vaccine flu strains may not be the same ones that are going around in your area, the vaccine is not always 100% effective.
Kids in school tend to be the first people in a community to catch the flu and then spread it to others. If you think your child or any member of your family has the flu, contact your physician for an evaluation.
Information provided by Roche Pharmaceuticals