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IS IT A COLD OR THE FLU?

COLD: 
Fever.....rarely FLU:  Fever....high (102-104) lasts for 3-4 days
              Headache....rarely Headache...very common
              General aches & pains...mild                  General aches & pains...usually, often severe
              Fatigue, weakness...mild                         Fatigue, weakness...can last up to 2-3 weeks
              Extreme exhaustion...never Extreme exhaustion...early on & common
              Stuffy nose...common Stuffy nose....sometimes        
              Sneezing....usually Sneezing....sometimes
              Sore throat...common Sore throat...usually
              Cough...moderate hacking cough           Cough...can be severe dry cough
              Chest discomfort....mild                           Chest discomfort...common, can be severe
              Vomiting or diarrhea...never                    Vomiting or diarrhea....rarely
 
 
FIGHT THE FLU:
  1. Doctors recommend everyone 6 months of age & older (especially those with high risk conditions) get the flu vaccine every year.
  2. Stop the spread of germs.  Cough & sneeze into your sleeve.  Wash your hands often with soap & water.  Stay home when you are sick.  Do not return until you are fever free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications.
  3. Get plenty of rest. Drink clear fluids. Some over the counter medications can help reduce fever. 
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