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Cold or Flu?

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We certainly hope you’ve gotten a flu shot this season. Reports of influenza are becoming common throughout the U.S. How can you tell if your symptoms indicate this year’s version of the flu or just a winter cold?
Flu has a quick onset. You feel fine and 3-6 hours later you have chills and fever along with severe aches and pains. A cold develops over a few days.
Flu usually brings a fever of 100 degrees F or higher. Colds rarely cause a fever or chills. 
Cold symptoms include a stuffy nose, sneezing and a sore throat. These symptoms are not common if you have influenza.
Headaches are very common if you have the flu, but uncommon if you have a cold.
It’s not too late to get a flu shot and eliminate this cause of worry. HackensackUMG has many convenient locations with flexible hours to suit your schedule. Call: 855.385.HEAL (4325) to find a provider near you.
 

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