"Health Corner"

      How to tell if it’s the flu or a cold:

               -Flu symptoms typically include high fever, chills, severe headache,   

               body/muscle aches, exhaustion, dry cough, respiratory congestion,

               nausea/vomiting (rare in adults)

               -Cold symptoms typically include stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat,   

               hacking cough, low grade fever

  • October and November are the best times to get a flu vaccine, but it’s never too late according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The CDC recommends flu shots for the following people:
-         Anyone who wants to reduce their risk of getting the flu
-         Children aged 6 mos. to 5 years
-         Pregnant women
-         People aged > 50 yrs
-         People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions
-         People who live in long term care facilities
-         People who live with or care for those at high risk for flu complications
     There should be no shortage of flu vaccines this year.  The supply is the best ever!


The recent recall of over-the-counter children’s cold and cough medicines is another reminder of the need for great caution when administering medication to children.  Common ingredients in OTC cold remedies, such as dextromethorphan, diphenhydramine (Benadryl) and codeine, were not only found to have no effect when compared to placebo in relieving symptoms, but are also potentially dangerous especially in young children.  There is excellent information on this issue, along with guidelines for treating your child’s cold safely at the American Academy of Pediatrics website