Cold and Flu

It’s easy to confuse a cold with the flu as both have similar symptoms.  It usually starts with sniffles, sneezes, congestion, coughing, and fatigue.

A common cold is a much milder version and generally comes on gradually.  Whereas the flu traditionally has a rapid onset and can produce more severe symptoms.

The flu (influenza) is usually a miserable experience, but not life-threatening for younger and healthier individuals and typically lasts seven to ten days.

Individuals who are at higher risk are elderly and immune-compromised individuals.  We strongly recommend seasonal flu shots to help prevent serious illness during the cold and flu season.  In New Jersey, that is from October through March.

Symptoms of the Flu

  • A fever that is over 101 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Nasal congestion
  • Sore throat
  • Body Aches
  • Changes in body temperature (chills to overheating)
  • Persistent cough

It is always a good idea to be evaluated when you’re experiencing multiple symptoms to ensure a proper diagnosis is made of your health.  Especially if you are elderly, or have compromising health conditions.

Walk into any of our clinics to be evaluated for an effective treatment plan for you.

Have questions? Let us help!