Friday, March 07, 2008

Cold or flu? Learn which is bugging you

Your throat is scratchy. Your nose is stuffy. You're pretty sure you're coming down with the flu. Or is it just another nasty cold? Getting sick is never pleasant, but to speed your recovery it's important to know how to take care of yourself, and that begins with knowing how to tell the difference between a cold and the flu.

A recent edition of Healthy You, the monthly health tipsheet from The Nation's Health newspaper, can help you tell a cold from the flu and offers tips for preventing and treating infections.

Among the facts and tips:
* Colds are usually much milder than the flu and develop slowly. The flu comes on fast and has stronger symptoms.
* A yearly flu vaccination is the single best way to lower your chances of getting seasonal flu.
* Whether it's a cold or the flu, get as much rest as you can, and make yourself more comfortable by drinking lots of fluids.

The free tipsheet can be downloaded now from the Healthy You Web page. Share it with your family, or post it in your workplace!

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