SYMPTOMS: Fever or chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headache, fatigue, vomiting and/or diarrhea
SPREAD: Primarily by respiratory droplets released during coughing, sneezing or talking, but also by touching a surface contaminated with the flu virus, then touching the mouth, nose or eyes
POTENTIAL COMPLICATIONS: Pneumonia, dehydration, respiratory distress, ear infection, sinus infection and worsening of existing chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, congestive heart failure or asthma
AT-RISK POPULATIONS: Young children, pregnant women, elderly, individuals with chronic health conditions or weakened immune systems and individuals living in long-term care facilities such as a nursing home
PREVENTION: Vaccination, frequent hand washing, proper sneezing/coughing techniques, staying home when sick and maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine to boost immunity
Which is it-Cold or Flu?
“Both the common cold and flu are viral infections with similar symptoms and means of prevention,” said Dr. Hallal Henderson. “However, flu symptoms are typically more severe and longer lasting.” Below are tips to determine whether you might be dealing with a cold or flu virus.
|Fever||Sometimes; usually mild; short lasting and more likely in children||Common; usually higher (above 101o F); lasts 3 to 4 days|
|General Aches/Pains||Slight||Common and often severe|
|Fatigue/Weakness||Sometimes||Common; can last 2 to 3 weeks|
|Cough||Common; mild to moderate||Common; can become severe|
If You Need Immediate Care…
When experiencing flu-like symptoms, it’s always best to contact your primary care physician first and follow their recommendation for care. However, if you find yourself in need of immediate attention and are unable to see your primary care provider, Baptist Health Floyd offers two convenient Urgent Care Center locations in New Albany and Floyds Knobs that provide medical care on a walk-in basis.
Urgent Care Center — Highlander Point
800 Highlander Point
Floyds Knobs, IN 47119
Hours: Monday-Friday: 9am-8pm
Urgent Care Center — Charlestown Road
5130 Charlestown Road, Suite 2 (near County Line Road)
New Albany, IN 47150
Hours: Monday-Friday: 8am-8pm
Both centers are closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.