The Common Cold vs. the Flu

Flu season is quickly approaching and symptoms are sure to arise. The cold and flu can be really similar, so how can you tell what you really have? Check out the top differences between the cold and the flu below.

One of the best ways to prevent the cold is by frequent hand-washing. An estimated 80% of contagious diseases are transmitted by touch, so wash your hands! The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu shot, which will help to prevent the flu virus.

Flu Vaccination

There are many myths surrounding the flu, but the most common is that the flu shot can give you the flu. This myth is absolutely not true. According to flu.gov, it takes approximately two weeks for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against the virus. Many people think the shot is effective immediately, and then develop the flu with the idea that the shot transmitted the virus.

Are there any side effects to getting a flu shot?

Unfortunately yes, although nothing severe. Possible symptoms include soreness, redness or swelling at the injection sight, headaches, fever and nausea. If you do develop severe symptoms, call your doctor immediately.

Where can I get a flu shot?

All of our HealthNet locations have flu shots available for patients. Walk-in patients welcome! For more information please visit www.indyhealthnet.org.

 

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