Several countries have already reported deaths related to influenza. Regardless of whether you are the type that runs to the clinic when you get an influenza vaccine or you do not believe it, the virus is there and none of us is immune.
The problem is that flu symptoms may be similar to those that accompany a cold. So how can you distinguish?
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, colds are usually milder than influenza. People who have a cold more often have a cold or a stuffy nose, and generally do not cause serious health problems, such as bacterial infections, pneumonia or hospitalization.
However, the flu can have serious complications and the symptoms tend to become intense, such as fever, chills and body or body aches.
Here are some symptoms to be aware of when determining if you can have a cold or flu.
Emerging symptoms in children contain:
- Fast breathing or breathing problems.
- A bluish skin color.
- He does not drink enough liquids.
- Do not wake up or interact.
- Take it so irritable that the child does not want to be kept.
- Flu-like symptoms improve, but then they return with fever and worse cough.
- Fever with a rash.
Emerging symptoms in adults contain:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath.
- Pain or tightness in the chest or abdomen.
- Sudden dizziness.
- Severe or persistent vomiting.
- Flu-like symptoms that subside and then come back with fever and worse cough.
If the infant shows one of the following symptoms, it is time to get medical help right away:
- Inability to eat
- He has breathing problems
- He does not cry when he cries
- Much less wet diapers than normal
Anyone with flu symptoms should go to the emergency room.
In addition, the CDC says that if you are at high risk of influenza complications or are worried about your illness, contact your doctor for advice. Remember that if you do not have flu and do not go to an ambulance, you run the risk of catching flu.
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The CDC says the best way to protect against flu is to get a vaccine, but there are other ways to stay vigilant about protecting yourself:
- Avoid close contact with sick people.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover mouth and nose with a handkerchief while coughing or sneezing. This will not only protect yourself and others against influenza, but also respiratory diseases such as respiratory syncytial virus, choking and severe acute respiratory distress syndrome.
- Wash your hands often. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand scrubbing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Practice other good health habits, such as cleaning and disinfection of frequently touched surfaces, falling asleep when possible, maintaining physical activity, controlling stress levels, drinking lots of fluids and eating a nutritious diet.
Graham Media Group 2018