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How Do I Know If I Have the Flu or Just a Cold?

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Nov 5, 2015

The common cold and flu can sometimes have similar symptoms, and it's not always easy to determine which one you have. When is it time to see a doctor?

Knowing the difference between cold and flu can shorten the amount of time you spend recovering. Generally:

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When Should I Get a Flu Shot?

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Oct 22, 2015

You have probably been hearing a lot about flu vaccines in the last few weeks. In early fall, doctors, pharmacists, and even your workplace start reminding you to get the vaccine. The flu vaccine is your best protection against getting the flu. It can be given as a shot or nasal spray, depending on your medical needs.

Today, we will answer some questions you may have about the vaccine so that you can make the best decision for your health. 

What is the Flu?

The flu is a contagious viral infection affecting your respiratory system. It's commonly spread through cough and sneezes and generally lasts a couple of weeks. This respiratory illness is not the same as what some people describe as the "stomach flu" which is an intestinal or digestive illness.

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8 Facts About Flu and What To Do If You Get Sick

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Jan 29, 2015

Influenza (the flu) is an infection of the nose, throat, and lungs caused by influenza viruses.

There are many different influenza viruses that are constantly changing. They cause illness, hospital stays and deaths in the United States each year.

Older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications. Each year about 20,000 children younger than 5 years old are hospitalized from flu complications like pneumonia.

Here are some flu basics and steps you can take if you or someone in your family does get sick.

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