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Is it a cold or the flu? Pay attention to these signs

Monday, November 11th 2019, 3:34 pm - Knowing the difference can make all the difference.

Each year over 12,000 Canadians are hospitalized because of the flu. And unfortunately, about 3500 die each year. The flu is a virus like the common cold, however, the level of severity is much more intense and the likelihood of complications is higher.

“The flu may start very similar to a cold - runny and stuffy nose with a sore throat. However, very quickly symptoms could change to a high fever, body aches, chills/sweats and extreme fatigue,” says pharmacist Victor Wong.

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It’s important to understand that anyone with a compromised immune system could experience complications with the flu. Like pneumonia, chest pains and even issues with the heart.

The elderly, very young and pregnant should be extra aware of when the flu may strike.

Your best protection from the flu, according to health officials in Canada, is to get a flu shot.

“You should also be aware of the holiday season approaching. When people gather inside the chances of spreading germs increase. Also, as we travel we are more susceptible to spreading sickness. Keep your hands clean and avoid contact with sick people,” explains Wong.

Watch the video above for more information on ways to combat and identify cold and flu.

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