Focus On... Cold and Flu Season

November 2019

Flu season typically runs from November through March. It is important to protect ourselves from germs that are easily spread during this season. Common colds are also typical during this season. Sometimes it can be tricky to differentiate the symptoms between colds and a flu because their symptoms are so similar.

The symptoms of the flu can include fever or feeling feverish/chills, dry cough, sore throat, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue (tiredness). The flu can also lead to severe illness and potentially life-threatening complications such as pneumonia in persons with weaker immune systems, particularly in older people, young children, pregnant women, and people with certain health conditions. The flu can last from a few days to weeks.

Cold symptoms are usually less severe than symptoms of the flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose, sore throat and a productive cough. Most common colds are not life-threatening and usually only last a few days.

Resources

To learn more about Arthritis, check out the following resources:

 

Healthy Habits to Prevent the Flu (CDC)

 

How Contagious is the Cold or Flu (Get Healther, Stay Healthy)

 

Is It the Flu or Common Cold? (Get Healther, Stay Healthy)

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