The flu is an infection of the nose, throat, and lungs caused by a virus.
- sore throat
- runny or stuffy nose
- body aches
- and sometimes vomiting and diarrhea.
- Some people with Flu will not have fever.
How long can a sick person spread the Flu to others?
People with the Flu may be able to infect others by shedding virus from 1 day before getting sick to 5-7 days after.
- 1. Vaccination
- 2. Good Hand Hygiene
- 3. Cover your nose and mouth
- 4. Avoid close contact with sick people
- 5. Disinfect surfaces
- 6. Practice healthy habits
The common cold is a viral infection of your nose and throat (upper respiratory tract). It's usually harmless, although it might not feel that way. Many types of viruses can cause a common cold.
Symptoms of a common cold usually appear one to three days after exposure to a cold-causing virus. Signs and symptoms, which can vary from person to person, might include:
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Sore throat
- Slight body aches or a mild headache
- Low-grade fever
- Generally feeling unwell (malaise)
- When to see a doctor
For adults — seek medical attention if you have:
- Fever greater than 101.3 F (38.5 C)
- Fever lasting five days or more or returning after a fever-free period
- Shortness of breath
- Severe sore throat, headache or sinus pain
For children — in general, your child doesn't need to see the doctor for a common cold. But seek medical attention right away if your child has any of the following:
- Fever of 100.4 F (38 C) in newborns up to 12 weeks
- Rising fever or fever lasting more than two days in a child of any age
- Symptoms that worsen or fail to improve
- Severe symptoms, such as headache or cough
- Ear pain
- Extreme fussiness
- Unusual drowsiness
- Lack of appetite
WHEN CAN MY CHILD GO BACK TO SCHOOL/DAY CARE IF HE/SHE HAS HAD FEVER?
YOUR CHILD SHOULD STAY HOME FROM SCHOOL/DAY CARE FOR AT LEAST 24 HOURS AFTER THEIR FEVER IS GONE WITHOUT THE USE OF A FEVER-REDUCING MEDICINE
A FEVER IS DEFINED AS 100F OR HIGHER.