Hartford Health Office
Certified School Nurse
Sarah Mervine, RN
Janet LeBreton, Health Office Aide
The flu vaccine will keep you healthy and ready to enjoy the tricks & treats of Halloween. The little word ‘flu’ may sound like a treat, but it is definitely a ‘trick.’
Get your vaccine, wash hands frequently, practice cough & sneeze etiquette, avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth, contact your healthcare provider within 48 hours if illness develops, and stay home when ill.
Free Children’s Flu Clinics: Nov 3, 4p-6:30pm Moorestown Mall, Route 38
Jan 5, 9:30-11:30am Burl County Health Dept, 15 Pioneer Blvd, Westampton
Say boo to the flu!
HOW TO TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN INFLUENZA AND A “COLD”
Learn the differences between influenza and the common cold. Call your healthcare provider right away if influenza is suspected in the family to see what treatment is needed.
People sometimes call gastroenteritis the “flu” or “stomach flu.” It is not the same as seasonal influenza, which is a respiratory infection. However children, more commonly than adults, may complain of stomach aches with seasonal influenza. More information about gastroenteritis can be found at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001298/.
The following chart highlights information from CDC and can help you compare symptoms of the common cold and seasonal influenza.
Influenza Symptoms Cold Symptoms
Onset Sudden Gradual
Fever High None to low grade
Fatigue Severe Mild
Cough Severe Mild to Moderate
Throat Sore May be sore
Headache Achy None
Appetite Decreased May be decreased
Muscles Achy No aches
Chills Yes None
Stuffy nose Sometimes Common
Complications Bronchitis/Pneumonia Earache/
Prevention Annual vaccine Good hygieneTreatment Antiviral drugs in 24-48 hrs Symptomatic relief
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