The symptoms are similar. You probably know the feeling: tired, runny nose and congestion, maybe feverish and just plain feeling lousy. So how do you know whether you have a cold or the flu?
Flu cases started to spike right around Christmas. Now, the New York State Department of Health says the flu is widespread.
Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley says 65 percent of children aged 6 to 59 months received an influenza vaccination in the past year.
This was also the month that Lance Armstrong finally came clean about his years of doping to become a cycling champion. Also in sports and due, at least in part, to the cloud cast by performance-enhancing drugs, no one was elected to the Baseball Hall Of Fame.
People are starting to feel cramping and other symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain.
Influenza is running rampant. It hit early and hard and it’s showing no signs of letting up.
It was a heart-wrenching scene in Westfield, N.J., Sunday night, as a family paid last respects to a 14-year-old boy who they say died after getting the flu.
A bill to require sick days for employees in New York City has been getting a new look after this winter’s flu outbreak.
The U.S. is about halfway through the flu season, said Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. So far, half of confirmed flu cases are in people 65 and older.
Patients feeling under the weather can get full medical advice and care through Teladoc, an Internet and telephone service that links people to primary care doctors.
There are plenty of things you should seek out during cold and flu season. The power of others, such as the hot toddy, are just mythical.
Forget about shaking hands with anyone these days – the flu emergency has some people taking drastic precautions.
“Frankly, I’ve never seen anything like this,” said Dr. Shelley Greenman, who works in the emergency room at Cooper University Hospital. “Everyone who has the flu feels like they’re going to die.”
With the flu epidemic hitting the Tri-State Area hard, many pharmacies have begun to run out of flu shot supplies.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a public health emergency Saturday, as the flu epidemic rocked the nation and hospitals and urgent care centers saw huge crowds.