Who’s Got The Flu?

   It’s that time of year again.  Flu season arrives at my house at the same time as the Thanksgiving Holiday.  Somebody arrives home with the sniffles or a runny nose, and someone else complains of fever, headache or muscle aches and pains.  What to do?

     Is it a cold or is it the flu?  How’s a mother supposed to know?  The symptoms seem too much alike and some last several days, others clear up in a few.  Health professionals say if the symptoms are a runny nose and stuffiness, it’s probably a cold and will clear up in a few days.

     If you have muscle aches and pains, a fever, headache or unusual tiredness then it iis likely the flu.  A cough can go with either one.  Should you call a doctor? 

     If symptoms get worse or last a long time, call your doctor.  If after feeling better for a few days the symptoms return, or you get sick to your stomach,vomiting, chills or chest pain, or if you develop a high fever, better call the doctor.  Hopefully you had a flu shot earlier in the season.  If so, your symptoms should be light.

     In the meantime, drink plenty of fluids, get lots of rest, eat nutrious foods and manage your stress.  This information comes from the Flu Center.  Have a healthy winter!