JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the fly continues to be widespread in 45 states and has caused 24 pediatric deaths.
Triage nurses said a contributing factor is that people do not understand the difference between a common cold and influenza.
Both are respiratory illnesses. However, they are caused by different viruses.
Flu symptoms are more persistent than cold symptoms, according to nurses in Jacksonville.
Patients with a cold tendency to have a runny nose or a throat, are more aggressive and usually include a headache, body aches and fever.
As or last week, the CDC reported the following information on the impact of the flu on people across the nation:
• 4,700,000 – 5,600,000 medical visits due to the flu
• 118,000 – 141,000 people hospitalized with flu
Medical Director of the TriageLogic Group and Continuwell Dr. Ravi Raheja said the biggest struggle with beating the flu is the confusion of symptoms with the common cold.
"If you are concerned about the flight, you should run into your doctor's office because you may spread the disease," Raheja said. "The first thing you should do is talk with a nurse or a health professional that can help you determine the phone whether you really have a cold or a flu."
Flu shots and frequent hand – washing are good ways to protect yourself from contracting influenza.
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