Everyone has felt it.  That little tickle in your throat.  You start to feel a little achy and cold.  You don’t want to admit it, but soon it’s undeniable.  You are sick.  The only question left to answer is, do you have a cold, or have you been infected by influenza (the flu)?

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you may have the flu.

  • Fever over 100.4 F (38 C)
  • Aching muscles
  • Chills and sweats
  • Headache
  • Dry, persistent cough
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Nasal congestion
  • Sore throat

Most people who get the flu can take care of themselves at home by staying hydrated and getting rest, but if you are a heart patient or have other medical conditions that put you at risk of complications, you should see your medical provider as soon as possible.

To learn the common differences between the cold and the flu, please click HERE.