WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A COLD AND THE FLU?
- The flu is caused by different virus types than a cold.
- Flu symptoms tend to be much worse than a cold.
- Flu symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, chills, achy muscles and joints) come on suddenly. When you are hit with the flu—you know it!
- Colds come on more gradually and are usually associated with a sore throat and runny nose.
- If you have flu like symptoms, SEE YOUR DOCTOR AND STAY HOME. Remain home fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medicine, or until your doctor tells you to return to school.
HOW TO PREVENT GETTING A COLD AND THE FLU
- A flu shot can keep you from catching the flu. A new vaccine is created every year which often includes an influenza A (H1N1) virus, an influenza A (H3N2) virus, and one or two influenza B viruses.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes.
- Washing your hands frequently will protect you from both the cold and flu viruses. Cold and flu viruses are spread by touching a contaminated surface and then touching your nose or mouth.
- A good rule to remember is to keep your hands away from your face and to wash your hands frequently!
- It’s also good to eat healthy foods, drink lots of fluids, exercise, and get plenty of sleep.