As if feeling lousy wasn’t enough
But now your symptoms just won’t go away. If you’re not making the right choices with your recovery, you could be a lot more miserable—and possibly for a longer period of time, warns Ian Tong, MD, chief medical officer at Doctor On Demand in San Francisco, California. Here’s how to start getting better faster.
Not getting your flu shot
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The flu shot is one of the most potent tools in your arsenal toward heading off illness—and even if the vaccine doesn’t entirely prevent a bout of flu, it helps minimize its effects. “Taking cold and flu season seriously means starting with prevention,” says Dr. Tong. “The flu shot helps your system get a head start.” This is the real difference between the cold and the flu.