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Cold or Flu?

What is the difference between a cold and flu?

Flu and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses but they are caused by different viruses. Because these two types of illnesses have similar symptoms, it can be difficult to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. In general, flu is worse than the common cold, and symptoms are more intense. Colds are usually milder than flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. Colds generally do not result in serious health problems, such as pneumonia, bacterial infections, or hospitalizations. Flu can have very serious associated complications.

Because colds and flu share many symptoms, it can be difficult (or even impossible) to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. Special tests that usually must be done within the first few days of illness can tell if a person has the flu. 

The best way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated. Most health insurance plans pay 100% for this vaccination. Just stop in the Clinic and our nurses will give you a shot. 

Click here for some healthy habits to help prevent the flu.

Cold or Flu?

 * This information and graphic provided by the CDC.  

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