Do I have the flu?

Watch this AFC Urgent Care Medical Minute to find out more about the differences between the flu virus and a cold. There are some distinct ones.

Sometimes it’s hard to distinguish flu symptoms from a common cold. Both are respiratory viruses, and symptoms often overlap. Here at AFC Urgent Care Hartsdale Urgent Care we want you to be able to distinguish between the two, and know the symptoms of both flu and the common cold, as the flu virus can be much more severe than a common cold.

The three most common types of flu viruses that we see regularly are influenza A, influenza B and influenza C. Types A and B viruses are the ones that cause seasonal epidemics, and the ones we see most often here in the U.S

What are the most common symptoms of the flu:

• Fever of 100 degrees F or higher, which can spike faster and higher than a cold. Note that not everyone with the flu will have a fever.
• Headaches and/or body aches
• Vomiting, nausea, and/or diarrhea (particularly among children)
• Sore Throat
• Cough
• Fatigue
• Chills, usually caused by the fever
• A congested or runny nose

With a cold, symptoms such as a runny nose or throat irritation typically improve within a few days.  Fever’s will not run so high, if at all. The flu will normally last longer than a cold.

The good news is flu is avoidable and treatable. Here at AFC Urgent Care we offer the flu shot,  and can treat the flu with Tamiflu if needed. We are open 7 days a week, no appointment necessary.