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HOW TO BEAT VIRAL INFECTIONS THIS WINTER

KNOW WHAT YOU’RE DEALING WITH

COLD symptoms

Develop Slowly | Last 7-10 Days

Runny or Stuffy Nose
Sneezing
Watery Eyes
Low-Grade Fever

Shared symptoms are

Mild with a Cold and
Severe with the Flu

Headache
Fatigue
Cough
Muscle Aches

FLU symptoms

Sudden Onset | Last Up To 2 Weeks

Chills and Sweats
Loss of Appetite
Nausea
Stuffy Nose
Fever Above 102° F

HOW TO TREAT AND RELIEVE SHARED SYMPTOMS

GET Plenty of Rest

Rest helps your body to recover.
Reduce activity—don't overwork yourself.

Drink Fluids

Intake lots of water or caffeine-free
tea. Avoid alcohol and caffeine.

TAKE A Decongestant or Antihistamine

You may use either, or a combination
of the two, to help treat congestion.

TREAT A COLD

WASH HANDS

Scrub for at least 20 seconds with soap to reduce the spread of germs.

Gargle with Salt Water

Dissolve a half teaspoon of salt into a glass of warm water and gargle to help relieve a sore throat.
Sources: Dr. Marissa Ferrazzo-Weller, Pearl River Internal Medicine; cdc.gov; nlm.nih.gov; lung.org.

TREAT THE FLU

STAY HOME

Until your symptoms are gone, stay home to prevent spreading the virus to others.

Antiviral Medication

Your doctor may prescribe medicine, especially if you are high risk for complications.

HIGH RISK fOR COMPLICATIONS?

Young children, the elderly, pregnant women, and individuals with underlying medical conditions are considered high risk. See your doctor immediately
if you have symptoms!
THE BEST WAY TO PREVENT THE FLU IS TO GET THE FLU VACCINE!