How to prevent the flu
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Remember, Dr. Swap says, “the best thing you can do to help prevent transmission is to get your flu shot!” Get the shot and get it early. Flu season typically starts in October and ends in March with peak season in February, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The shot can be available as early as late summer. To prevent you and others from getting sick, follow these 14 anti-germ etiquette rules for flu season.
How severe are your symptoms?
“Both the common cold and influenza can include upper respiratory symptoms such as sinus congestion, runny nose, sore throat, and cough, as well as systemic symptoms including fever,” says Clifford Swap, MD, an emergency medicine specialist at Kaiser Permanente in San Diego, CA. However, flu symptoms tend to come on quickly and be more severe than in the common cold. Here’s how you can tell the difference between the flu and a cold.