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Flu or Pneumonia? Spot the Difference

You may feel pretty awful when you are sick – but taking a closer look at your symptoms may help you figure out whether you’ve got the flu or a case of pneumonia. The flu is a contagious respiratory (nose, throat, lungs) illness caused by the flu virus.

On the other hand, pneumonia is an infection of the lungs. According to the CDC, it is the leading infectious cause of death in children under 5 years old around the world.

Do you have chills and a fever? Make note of your symptoms and share what you’re feeling with your doctor. It may keep you from having serious complications. Better yet, learn how you can prevent a case of the flu or pneumonia this season!

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Beating Both Through Prevention

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When the flu season comes around, the number of people getting pneumonia is also at its peak.

Here’s what you can do to prevent getting the flu or pneumonia:

  • Get your annual flu shot
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with your arm (not your hands!) or use a tissue
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with your hands
  • Wipe down door knobs and other areas you touch frequently at home and work

Give it a Shot

Flu shots can help protect you and loved ones as the first line of defense against the flu virus. AltaMed is offering flu shots at no cost to you or your family, no appointment necessary. Go to your nearest AltaMed medical office to get your flu shot.

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Flu or Pneumonia? Spot the Difference