Is It a cold or the flu? When to seek care

(BPT) – Your nose is running. You are coughing and tired. Are you sure it’s just a cold? You could have influenza, commonly referred to as ‘the flu.’ Although common, the flu can be serious and even lead to hospitalization or death. Knowing the difference between a cold and the flu is very important so you can get the right care, prevent worsening symptoms, and help prevent the spread to family, friends and coworkers.

Even if you’ve had the flu vaccination this year, it’s still possible to catch the flu and to pass it on to others.

‘Every year we find that patients have a tendency to underestimate the flu and forget what a serious health risk that the flu presents, particularly for the very young and for seniors, but really for anyone when it is left unaddressed,’ said Dr. Jason Tibbels, MD, board-certified family physician and director for quality programs at Teladoc, the world’s largest and most trusted provider of virtual care delivery services. ‘Without proper care, the flu can be life-threatening, so it’s vital to seek care as soon as you’re experiencing any symptoms.’

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that in the last seven years the flu has been responsible for more than 700,000 hospitalizations and more than 55,000 deaths across the U.S. Furthermore, the risk of flu varies state by state, and some regions – including Texas, Florida and California – tend to see more flu cases than others. To find out the flu risk in your state, visit

If you’re experiencing flu symptoms, don’t wait to seek care. Telehealth is an ideal option, and yet many people don’t realize that they have access to a telehealth solution like Teladoc through their health benefits. With telehealth, you can visit with a doctor from the comfort and safety of your home – or wherever you are, at any time of day or night. Within minutes, using a phone, mobile app or the web, you can access board-certified doctors from any location, getting you and your family the care you need, when you need it. This keeps you out of places like the ER, which can be breeding grounds for illness, and in a flu-free zone, and enables children and adults to stay at home when sick.

So how do you know if you have the flu? Flu symptoms are often very similar to those of a cold and include nasal congestion, cough, aches and fatigue. We asked Teladoc’s Dr. Tibbels for the top five signs you may have the flu. Here’s what he said:

1. Quick onset. The flu often comes on suddenly, whereas cold symptoms can slowly worsen over the span of a few days and are generally milder.

2. Fever. A moderate to high fever (at or above 101 degrees Fahrenheit) and chills are associated with the flu, and are not typical symptoms of the common cold.

3. Aches and headaches. Severe muscle or body aches are a telltale flu symptom.

4. Known exposure: Close contact with individuals known to have influenza can increase the chance of contracting the virus.

5. Time of year. You can catch a cold at any time of year, but flu season typically runs from November through March. Symptoms that show up outside of flu season are more likely to be from a cold or an allergy.

‘If you are feeling sick, going to the ER or visiting urgent care may make you feel worse, while also putting others at risk of catching your illness,’ said Dr. Tibbels. ‘Visiting a Teladoc doctor is the most effective way to get quality care, while also containing symptoms and stopping the spread of flu.’

To learn more about Teladoc and the level of flu risk where you live, visit

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