The flu is highly contagious. You can pass on the flu to someone before you even show signs of being sick. You can infect others beginning of day 1 before symptoms and up to 7 days after becoming sick! The flu spreads easily though being near people that are sick, and possibly even touching a surface that has the virus on it.
Here is a breakdown of symptoms to tell if you may have the flu or the common cold.
- Symptoms develop gradually
- Slight low grade fever
- Mildly tired
- Slight headache
- Stuffy nose
- Sore throat
- Cough with mucus
- Symptoms develop quickly
- Fever of 100 degrees or higher
- Severely tired
- Headache and severe body aches
- Stuffy nose and sore throat less common
- Chest discomfort can be severe
The best way to prevent the flu is to get the vaccine each season. The flu season spikes in January, so get your flu shot now! We also offer a needle free flu shot.
Get the vaccine at home, work, or in our office.