Is It a Cold or the Flu Making You Feel Lousy? Here Are 4 Signs That Point to Influenza by Joyce Knestrick, CRNP, FAANP

Is It a Cold or the Flu Making You Feel Lousy? Here Are 4 Signs That Point to Influenza

Flu season is in full swing, and even though it’s shaping up to be milder than last year, it’s still widespread and nine states are experiencing high flu activity. Since flu season can run through May, we’re not out of the woods yet, however. If you feel sickness coming on, here are four signs it’s the flu:

  • Sudden onset. Colds happen gradually, while the flu can hit you like a ton of bricks.
  • A fever. Higher temperatures are usually flu-related.
  • Aches and pains. The flu causes more physical discomfort and less sneezing and stuffiness.
  • Feeling wiped. Fatigue and weakness are often telltale signs of the flu.

If you suspect you’re getting the flu, call your health care provider. They can help mitigate symptoms, reduce the duration and in severe cases, avoid serious complications. 

If you haven’t gotten your flu shot, it’s not too late! A quick immunization can save you from a miserable encounter with the flu and potentially keep you from spreading it to others.

The information on is for informational and entertainment purposes only, and should not be considered medical advice. The information provided through this site should not be used to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease, and is not a substitute for professional care. Always consult your personal healthcare provider.

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Donna John
Still recovering from the flu, Joyce Knestrick, CRNP, FAANP , and you are on point with these four signs.
Elisa Schmitz
Ugh! The flu is awful. I got my flu shot this year, so fingers crossed. Thanks for the helpful info, Joyce Knestrick, CRNP, FAANP !
Meredith Schneider
These four signs were exactly how I felt and to hit with the flu. That was 3 weeks ago and still trying to get my normal energy level back. It so kicked my a$$. Stay healthy everyone! xoxoxo

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