So, by profession I am a Pediatric Nurse and this is something that was not just a past job or career for me, nursing is kind of engrained into you. It’s almost that time of year again for Influenza Season to begin. I know it can be hard to differentiate between a bad cold and the flu for some, so I wanted to share the best possible source for TONS of reputable information on influenza-the CDC (Center for Disease Control).
In general both colds and flu are respiratory viruses. Common symptoms of Influenza include fever, muscle aches, fatigue, sore throats, headaches, and nasal symptoms. Colds can also present with nasal symptoms and other similar symptoms, however colds are generally milder than Influenza.
We are big believers here on prevention of illness in our house:
- Wash Hands-ALL the time, especially after using restroom, before eating, and after playing outside.
- Keep Hands away from mouth and face.
- Disinfect Surfaces-this includes but not limited too, eating surfaces, bathrooms, etc.
- Cover your mouth with cough/sneeze.
- Get Plenty of Rest.
- Drink Plenty of Fluids.
- Eat a Well Balanced Diet
- Flu Vaccination