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Flu or No Flu?: Tips for Influenza Recognition

Every year during cold and flu season patients are faced with trying to determine if they have influenza or a common cold.

This video helps distinguish a few of those features.

Key Features:

1)Fever –Typically > 101
2)Body Aches/Headache
3)Dry cough
4)Rapid Onset

Other subtle findings that can help decide flu vs no flu:
1)Nausea
2)Diarrhea
3)Rapid heart rate (Typically > 100)

Common cold:

Typically less severe, fevers/body aches minimal

As always get checked out.
Flu tests are not perfect. Just because a test is negative doesn’t mean one doesn’t 100% have the flu

Flu shots are not 100% effective at preventing Influenza

Hope this video helps you and your family.  Please share if you value this content and make sure to subscribe to the NRGTRIBE youtube page for more valuable content!

Best, 

W Curtis, MD

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  • Pam March 25, 2019, 8:13 am

    Great tips. Thank you. Will sure help in discerning when we need to seek care.

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