What Do I Have?
With a lot of flu floating around this year, it is time to again review ‘What Do I Have?’ Each year approximately 36,000 die of influenza. This year we are dealing with the seasonal flu along with the H1N1. So what is the difference of a cold versus the flu?
Frequently asked questions of individuals are: Is it a cold or the flu?
Remember, your best defense, after a flu shot, is WASHING YOUR HANDS OFTEN! If you feel you may only need a decongestant, antihistamine or pain reliever, these can be purchased over the counter (OTC). But you should consult your physician or pharmacist first to ensure the OTC will not react with any prescriptions you may be taking. Beware that the pain reliever, aspirin, has been linked to Reye’s Syndrome, so do not give this to a child. Remember the seasonal flu shot only protects for the strain of flu expected this year not H1N1. H1N1 is a separate shot. Be safe this flu season!