Fast Flu Facts
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Fact: The flu is more than just a bad cold
The flu and a cold are both lung infections, and they’re both caused by viruses. They both cause symptoms, like a runny, stuffy nose or a sore throat. But that’s where the similarities end.
The flu is caused by a different virus than the ones which cause the common cold. The flu’s symptoms are normally much more severe.
If you’ve got a high fever (over 102°F or 39°C), body aches and pains, a headache, a severe cough, or extreme fatigue in addition to your stuffy nose … chances are, you may have the flu.
Fact: The flu is a serious illness
As you might expect from its symptoms, the flu is serious. That’s why it’s important to try to avoid it, and to take good care of yourself if you get it.
Most people will recover from the flu in a week to ten days. But the illness can cause complications, and in some people it can even be deadly. These complications include:
Certain groups (children under age 5, seniors, those with other medical conditions like heart disease, asthma or diabetes) are at greater risk of flu complications. But even healthy young adults can get very sick with the flu.
If you have any of the following symptoms, you should see a health care provider right away:
Fact: You can spread the flu to others
The flu is a very contagious disease, since the virus can pass through the air when you cough or sneeze. The virus also stays on your skin, and can live for days on household surfaces. So if you get the flu, there’s always a risk you could pass it on to people around you.
It’s important to do what you can to prevent others from catching the flu from you:
Fact: A flu shot helps protect you and your family
Studies have shown that getting an influenza vaccine (the flu shot) is a safe and effective way to avoid getting the flu. Getting an annual flu shot:
Some people who get the flu shot can still get the flu … but if they do, it’s usually a milder case than it would have been without the flu shot. The shot itself is perfectly safe … the vaccine doesn’t contain an active virus, so you can’t catch the flu from it.
It’s important to get the flu shot every year. Each year brings new strains of the flu virus. So you need to renew your protection every year against these new strains.
The flu shot is available at many Walmart Pharmacies. It’s quick and easy, and the best protection available against the flu. Just ask!
Fact: You can treat flu symptoms
Despite all your precautions, you may still get the flu this season.
If you have the flu, it’s important to:
There are many products available at the Walmart Pharmacy to treat flu symptoms like fever, stuffy nose, sore throat or cough. Whatever you choose, keep in mind:
This information should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your doctor. There may be variations in treatment that your physician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances. If you have questions about your symptoms, ask the Pharmacist at Walmart for more information, and/or contact your doctor.
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