Flu and cold viruses seem relatively harmless, but if proper care isn’t taken, they can lead to serious complications. At Eastpointe Internists, P.C. in Warren, MI, Dr. Dominic Cusumano offers safe and effective care for the flu virus and cold viruses. Eastpointe Internists, P.C. helps patients relieve symptoms while reducing the risks of serious complications.
What is the difference between a cold and the flu?
Influenza (the flu) and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses but they are caused by different viruses. While they have similar symptoms, in general, flu is worse than the common cold, and symptoms are more intense. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. Colds generally do not result in serious health problems, such as pneumonia, bacterial infections, or hospitalizations. Flu can have very serious associated complications which is why a vaccine was developed to help prevent certain strains of the flu. Because colds and flu share many symptoms, it can be difficult (or even impossible) to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone.
Is the flu vaccine safe?
Yes, flu vaccines are very safe. An annual flu vaccine is the best way to reduce your chances of getting the seasonal flu and spreading it to others. The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older receive an annual flu vaccine. For more than 50 years, hundreds of millions of Americans have safely received seasonal flu vaccines.
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A partial list of supported insurances
Aetna, BCBS, BCN, Cigna, Cofinity, HAP (Health Alliance Plan), Humana, Medicare, Meridian Health Plan, Priority Health, Total Health Care, United Healthcare