Is it influenza or a cold?
Humourous 15 second ad from ImmunizeBC that highlights the difference between a cold and influenza.
The following table from HealthLinkBC can help you determine whether you have influenza or a cold.
|Symptoms||Cold||Influenza (“the flu”)|
|(a) Fever||Rare||Usual, sudden onset 39° to 40°, lasts 3 to 4 days|
|(b) Headache||Rare||Usual, can be severe|
|(c) Aches and Pains||Sometimes mild||Usual, often severe|
|(d) Fatigue and weakness||Sometimes mild||Usual, may last 2 to 3 weeks or more|
|(e) Extreme fatigue||Unusual||Usual, early onset, can be severe|
|(f) Runny, stuffy nose||Common||Sometimes|
|(h) Sore throat||Common||Sometimes|
|(i) Chest discomfort, coughing||Sometimes mild to moderate||Usual, can be severe|
|(j) Complications||Can lead to sinus congestion or earache||Can lead to pneumonia, respiratory failure, and more complications in
persons with chronic diseases
|(k) Prevention||Frequent hand-washing||Yearly influenza vaccine and frequent hand washing|
|(l) Treatment||No specific treatment is available; symptom relief only||Anti-viral drugs by prescription, which can reduce symptoms|
Talk to your pharmacist – they’re your #1 resource this cold and flu season!
Not only can community pharmacists provide flu vaccines, they can also offer advice on over-the-counter medications and natural health products if you have a cold.