Cold and flu season is here, and the 2017/18 Flu Vaccination program has officially started. While many common colds have already started to make their appearances this fall, the flu season doesn’t typically start until later in November. Since the flu and the cold are so similar it is important to recognize the differences. This way, we can take care of ourselves and our families properly. The Government of Canada released this easy chart to help distinguish cold and flu symptoms.
|Fever||Rare||Usual, high fever (39-40C), sudden onset, lasts 3-4 days|
|Headache||Rare||Usual, can be severe|
|General aches and pains||Sometimes, mild||Usual, often severe|
|Tired and weak||Sometimes, mild||Usual, may last 2-3 weeks or more|
|Extreme fatigue||Unusual||Usual, early onset|
|Runny, stuffy nose||Common||Common|
|Chest discomfort, coughing||Sometimes, mild to moderate||Usual, can be severe|
|Complications||Can lead to sinus congestion or ear ache||Can lead to pneumonia and respiratory failure; can worsen a current chronic respiratory condition; can be life threatening|
There are other symptoms to watch for in children: not eating or drinking enough, difficulty walking, not interacting, irritability, not wanting to play or be held.
You can ease the discomfort these symptoms cause with over the counter medications. Our Pharmacists can offer recommendations for you. You can treat your sickness by staying home and getting lots of rest. In some circumstances however, you should see a doctor to make sure the flu doesn’t progress into something more severe.
Our Pharmacists are always on hand to answer any questions or concerns you may have. Please come by, or call us at 403.291.0076
The Sunridge Medicine ShoppePharmacy
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Calgary, AB T1Y 6H6
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