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Infectious diseases

Fighting cold and flu

Colds and influenza (the flu) are diseases experienced every year by people of all ages. They are caused by small germs called viruses that invade the body and reproduce, causing cold or flu symptoms. In Canada, cold and flu “season” stretches from November to April.

The “common cold” is a term used to describe a cluster of upper respiratory symptoms that can be caused by several different viruses. Usually colds aren’t serious, and the symptoms are milder than symptoms of the flu.

The influenza virus also causes respiratory symptoms, but this infection can be more serious. In infants, elderly people, pregnant women or people with conditions like anemia, cancer, chronic respiratory disease, diabetes, HIV, or heart or kidney disease, the flu can even be life-threatening.

Cold vs. flu: symptom checker

See the table below to distinguish between the cold and the flu. Not everyone gets all symptoms listed.

POSSIBLE SYMPTOMS

COLD

FLU

Runny nose

Stuffy nose

Cough

Sore throat

Symptoms come on suddenly

X

Headache

X

Fever

X

Muscle aches

X

Nausea

X

Vomiting

X

Diarrhea

X

Decreased appetite

X

X=Not usually present; =Sometimes present.

Protect yourself

The cold and flu viruses are spread through contact with droplets coughed, sneezed or breathed into the environment by infected people. You get these viruses by breathing in these droplets or touching contaminated surfaces and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth. There are several ways to protect yourself and others from getting a cold or the flu.

If you’re not sick, you can help prevent yourself from getting a cold or the flu by doing these things:

If you have a cold or the flu, you can avoid spreading it by doing these things:

  • Clean and disinfect common surfaces (tables, telephones, etc.)

  • Cough and sneeze into your sleeve, not your hand

  • Stay home

  • Throw used tissues out right away and then wash your hands

  • Use hand sanitizer

  • Wash your hands often using soap and warm water

How can I feel better?

If you get a cold or the flu, get plenty of rest and drink more fluids.

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