Track the Flu

Prepare for flu season and protect your patients by monitoring influenza in your area.

Influenza Diagnosis

Proper diagnosis is essential for early and appropriate treatment

The common cold and influenza are two distinct illnesses with distinct symptoms — recognize the signs and symptoms when they present.

Recognizing Influenza Symptoms4

Signs and symptoms Influenza Cold
Symptom onset Abrupt Gradual
Fever Usual; lasts 3-4 days Rare
Aches Usual; often severe Slight
Chills Fairly common Uncommon
Exhaustion Usual Sometimes
Sneezing Sometimes Usual
Stuffy nose Sometimes Common
Sore throat Sometimes Common
Chest discomfort, cough Common; can be severe Mild to moderate; hacking cough
Headache Common Rare

This influenza season, encourage your patients to come at the onset of symptoms

  • Only 42% of adults (aged 18 years and older) received an influenza vaccination during the 2012-2013
    influenza season.5
  • If taken within 48 hours of symptom onset, antiviral therapy may6:
    • Reduce the severity of illness
    • Shorten the duration of illness

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