Is it influenza or a cold?

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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
(g) Sneezing 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.


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