The flu, like a common cold, is a respiratory illness that is difficult to tell apart by the symptoms. Although there is a flu season, which ranges from October to mid-May people can catch the flu all year round, again, making it easier to mistake for a cold. Unlike a common cold, the flu causes several deaths each year. The seriousness of the flu is why it’s essential to know the difference between the two, so you can visit a doctor who can prescribe medication if needed.
The flu spreads in the same way that a cold spreads, through contagious people sharing objects that have been infected by mucus and saliva. If you suspect that may have the flu or exposed to someone who has, it’s important to be aware of the symptom. There are ways to avoid getting the flu, one being a flu shot. According to the CDC. “While vaccine effectiveness (VE) can vary, recent studies show that flu vaccination reduces the risk of flu illness by between 40% and 60% among the overall population during seasons when most circulating flu viruses are well-matched to the flu vaccine.”