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Posted on: January 9, 2020

Is it a cold or the flu?

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Do you know if you have a cold or flu?  Know the symptoms and how to protect yourself.


Common Flu Signs & Symptoms

Flu signs and symptoms usually come on suddenly. People who are sick with flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:

  • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills

  • Cough

  • Sore throat

  • Runny or stuffy nose

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headaches

  • Fatigue (tiredness)

  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

*It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.


To Protect Yourself From the Flu

These steps can also help you protect yourself, family members, and friends:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with your upper sleeve, and try to avoid touching your face with your hand. If you use a tissue, throw it away after one use.

  • Use your own drinking cups and straws. 

  • Avoid being exposed to people who are sick.

  • Eat nutritious meals, get plenty of rest, and do not smoke.

  • Frequently clean commonly touched surfaces (e.g., doorknobs, refrigerator handle, telephone, faucets).If you’re sick, stay home, rest, drink plenty of liquids, and avoid using alcohol and tobacco.

  • If you are sick, see a health care provider if your symptoms persist or get worse.

The Flu Shot

One of the best ways to protect yourself from getting the flu is to get your flu shot. It's not too late to get your flu shot this flu season.  Bayfield County Health Department still has flu vaccine available. Call (715)373-6109 for more information!!


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