How do you know if you have a cold or the flu?
Typically the flu can make you feel worse than a cold, but both can have you sick and in bed instead of at school or work.
Simple steps such as washing your hands and getting an annual flu shot might keep you avoid infection.
Here are some additional resources that can help you from calling in sick:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a government organization that provides research information, educational publications, and recommendations on getting the influenza vaccine. The CDC is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: The National Cancer Institute is a government organization that provides educational material on prevention and information on advances in treatment for influenza. The NIH is part of the US Department of Health and Human Services.
Faces of Influenza: Faces of Influenza is a program by the American Lung Association that that uses personal stories to educate the public about the severity of influenza and the importance of getting the flu shot.
Every Child By Two: Every Child By Two seeks to raise awareness about the dangers of influenza and the importance for all parents to have their children vaccinated beginning at six months of age.
Families Fighting Flu Inc.: Families Fighting Flu, Inc is a non-profit, volunteer-based corporation made up of families and healthcare practitioners who have experienced first-hand the death of a child due to the flu, or have had a child experience severe medical complications from the flu. Through education and advocacy, FFF hopes to improve the rates of annual childhood influenza vaccinations and help reduce the number of childhood illnesses and deaths caused by the flu each year.