Is it a cold or flu?

February 21, 2018

Flu numbers are on the rise across Fremont County this year. For many, their body can combat the flu in just a few days, however, some people are at high risk of developing flu complications, such as pneumonia. Those at high risk include, the elderly, individuals with an already compromise immune system, pregnant women, and infants.

It’s important to take steps early on to help prevent the spread. But the best form of protection against the virus is the flu shot. It’s not too late to get vaccinated!

If you suspect that you are having symptoms of a flu, here’s a list of the common symptoms by the CDC and how to determine if it’s just a cold or flu:

Did you know that you could spread the flu before symptoms start? People infected with the flu may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5-7 days after becoming sick. That means you may be able to spread the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick.

For additional information about influenza, visit www.cdc.org/flu.