It's flu season again

Sore throat, cough, runny / stuffy nose…is it a cold or is it the flu?

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that everyone, 6 months and older, gets vaccinated. While a flu shot has been proven to reduce medical visits for illnesses caused by circulating influenza viruses by 50% to 75%, there’s still a chance you could become infected. It’s easy to mistake the early symptoms of the flu for a cold. So how do you know when it’s a cold…or something worse?

Coughing, sneezing, sore throat, and a runny / stuffy nose are all cold symptoms. These cold symptoms, combined with the below, could mean you have the flu:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Body aches or pain
  • Fatigue or weakness

The CDC has released the following map to help you see the impact of this flu season:

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