« Healthcare Highlights Fight the Flu Fight the Flu Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is a respiratory infection that is highly contagious. It can spread when an infected person sneezes or coughs near you. You can also infect yourself by touching a phone, a doorknob, or other surface that is contaminated and then touching your nose, mouth, or eyes. Being ill with the flu is a problem for anyone, but very young children, the elderly, or people with certain health issues are more susceptible to serious complications, including the development of bronchitis, sinus infections, or pneumonia. For high-risk individuals, those types of infections can be life-threatening. Colds and the flu are both respiratory viruses with similar symptoms, so how do you tell the difference? Symptoms Flu Cold Onset begins Quickly slowly Tired or weak frequently occasionally Chills frequently occasionally Fever can last from 3-4 days occasionally Aches and pains Common to severe minor Headache frequently rare Stuffy nose occasionally frequently Sneezing occasionally frequently Sore throat occasionally frequently Cough or chest irritation can be severe slight to moderate Protect yourself by getting vaccinated annually because the strains of flu the vaccine covers change every year. Prevention is best, but if you exhibit symptoms contact your doctor immediately. When caught early, there are antiviral medications that can reduce the duration and symptoms of the flu. You can get a flu vaccine at any of our Primary Care locations and fight the flu.