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A Cold or the Flu?



cold-or-fluQuestions? Contact GSS School Nurse, Mrs. Renie Asken


Dear Parents, Knowing the difference between a cold and the flu can help speed up recovery. I appreciate your assistance and consideration of others during times when your student is not feeling well and may be contagious to others. Thank you for your help in keeping our students healthy!

Symptoms …Of a Cold …Of the Flu
Fever Rare Usually present. Higher than 100 degrees is associated with the flu
Chills Mild Moderate to severe
Headache Uncommon Common
Body Aches, Pains Slight Usual; often severe
Fatigue, Weakness Fairly Mild Moderate to severe
Runny/Stuff Nose Common Sometimes
Sneezing Yes No
Sore Throat Common Not Common
Chest Discomfort Mild to Moderate Often severe
Cough Hacking, productive (mucus producing) Non-productive (non-mucus producing)
Treatment Antihistamines, Decongestants, Pain relievers Antiviral medications – see your doctor
Prevention Wash your hands often with soap and water; Avoid close contact with anyone with a cold Washing your hands often with soap and water; Annual vaccination; see your doctor

Recommendations were obtained by the CDC.


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