Flu symptoms can include fever and chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches and tiredness. Cold symptoms are usually milder than flu symptoms. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. Although uncomfortable, colds usually do not result in serious health problems.
Here are some tips on how to spot whether you have a cold or the flu:
|Signs and Symptoms||Influenza||Cold|
|Chest discomfort, cough||Common||Mild to Moderate|
You can help prevent pneumonia and other respiratory infections by washing your hands regularly, disinfecting surfaces that you frequently touch, and taking good care of your health in general.
Pneumonia is a lung infection that can cause mild to severe illness in people of all ages. Common signs of pneumonia include cough, fever, and difficulty breathing. Doctors often treat pneumonia with medications, and vaccines can prevent some forms of pneumonia.What is Pneumonia?
That means quitting smoking, and remembering to get your pneumonia shot!
This information is provided by Virginia Premier, an HMO with a Medicare contract. Enrollment depends on contract renewal. Virginia Premier is a fully-owned subsidiary of VCU Health.