When you take the flu or the cold, it can be tempting to assume that you are infected with the same viruses that cause flu and colds.
But there are a few precautions you can take to prevent contracting those diseases and get the full benefits of the flu vaccines.
The following list outlines some common cold and flu symptoms, and when to seek medical attention.1.
You may feel flu-like symptoms that don’t match your symptoms.
Some common cold symptoms that do not match the symptoms of a flu virus infection include:Vomiting, runny nose, cough, and/or wheezing.
In the absence of a medical diagnosis, you may be more likely to develop symptoms of the cold.
Symptoms of a cold are more common in people who have been exposed to the virus more than once.
If you have been infected with two different strains of the virus, symptoms will vary.
If symptoms occur for more than a few days, your doctor may refer you for a medical evaluation.
Symptom: The cough is so severe you may feel like you have a cough for the first time.
You might also feel a slight tingling or prickling in your throat or a burning in your mouth.
If the symptoms do not improve, call your doctor.2.
You have mild symptoms of colds and flu that seem similar to the symptoms you have for a cold.
You are more likely than others to feel symptoms of flu or colds such as:A fever, chills, or lightheadedness.
If these symptoms last longer than 4 hours, they may be a sign of a viral infection.
If they last longer, it is possible that the virus is circulating in your body.
If this happens, your symptoms may not be as severe.
A mild fever, flu-esque symptoms, a fever of more than 101.7 degrees Fahrenheit (38.4 degrees Celsius), or a runny or dry nose are the most common symptoms.3.
You often feel tired and may not feel well.
If a cold or flu symptoms do seem similar, call a doctor.4.
You notice that your body is not responding well to the flu vaccine.
Your immune system may be weak and you may not experience the flu-induced swelling that you might if you have the flu.
The flu vaccine contains a molecule called the IL-12 receptor that may prevent the body from producing antibodies to the vaccine.
This can make it more difficult to protect yourself from the flu and prevent the spread of the disease.
If you have these symptoms, it may be important to get a flu shot to prevent infection with the virus.
Your doctor can recommend an evaluation and a flu vaccine to help determine the right vaccine for you.5.
You start to feel more tired.
Your body can adjust quickly to the sudden increase in temperature, but you may also notice that you become more tired than usual.
You could be dehydrated or feel tired, tired as if you are tired of doing something or feeling tired.
This is a normal response to the rapid change in temperature.
A fever, fever of 101.9 degrees Fahrenheit or a low-grade sore throat are signs that you may have a fever.
If your symptoms last more than 4 to 8 hours, you could have a virus infection.
Your symptoms may also improve after the flu vaccination, but this may take longer than expected.
Your flu shot will prevent you from contracting a virus that can cause pneumonia or other serious illness.
If the flu shot is administered to you as part of a single vaccination, the virus can spread to your body over time.
If that happens, you can have more severe symptoms and need to be taken to the doctor or hospital immediately.
You can also need a booster shot, even if you do not have symptoms of influenza or the flu, to prevent spreading the virus and getting sick again.
Your doctor will take your blood, stool, and other test results and make a recommendation about the right flu vaccine for your specific situation.
If it is determined that you do need a different vaccine, the vaccine can be taken again.
If, after a flu vaccination and a booster dose, you are still experiencing symptoms, your physician may recommend a flu booster shot to keep you safe.
If your symptoms are still not improving or you have other problems, call for a visit to the hospital.
In some cases, your flu vaccination may be needed for several weeks or months to see if your symptoms return.
This could take more than 2 weeks to recover.
If so, you will need to get the flu booster again to prevent the virus from spreading.
If any of these symptoms appear suddenly or unexpectedly, call 911.