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Flu or a cold? Know the difference

Nov 21, 2017
SIMCOE MUSKOKA - If you’ve ever had the flu, you know you don’t want to go through it again.

SIMCOE MUSKOKA - If you’ve ever had the flu, you know you don’t want to go through it again.

But for others, there is often confusion between the common cold and influenza, or the flu.

If you have a runny nose that builds over a few days into sneezing, sore throat and possibly a cough, but no fever, you’ve caught a cold.

Influenza comes on quickly with a fever between 39 C and 40 C (102-104 F). It brings headache and body aches that are often severe. Coughing can be severe. It leaves you feeling exhausted for weeks. And in the worst cases, it can lead to hospitalization, pneumonia and even death.

The flu also spreads easily, so if you catch it, you’ll soon be sharing your agony with others. If it spreads to young children, or the frail elderly, it could threaten their lives.

The solution? Get the flu shot, wash your hands regularly, clean and disinfect surfaces you touch regularly, and stay home when you’re sick.

There are now 134 pharmacies in the region offering flu shots to those 5 years and older, and local physicians also provide the shot. A handy interactive map will help you find the nearest pharmacy offering the flu vaccine at www.ontario.ca/flu.  

If you have questions about influenza, call Health Connection at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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