Staying Healthy This Cold and Flu Season

Published on February 06, 2018

Photo of family home sick with a cold.

Staying Healthy This Cold and Flu Season

It is that time of year again and no matter where you go someone is sick and coughing. You may find yourself wondering, what is the difference between a cold and the flu, what can you do to prevent it, and when should you go to the doctor?

While the flu and a cold are two different viruses, they have many of the same symptoms that overlap. Sometimes, it can be hard to distinguish what you have. Here is a list of potential symptoms to be on the lookout for.

Cold symptoms

  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Sneezing
  • Cough
  • Sore/ body aches
  • Mild tiredness

Flu symptoms

  • Dry, hacking cough
  • Moderate to high fever
  • Chills
  • Severe fatigue
  • Headache

How to Avoid Getting Sick

There are many different ways to avoid getting sick, here are some helpful tips to get you through the season healthy and happy.

1. Get a flu shot

Everyone in the family should get a flu shot. This is the easiest and best thing to do to avoid getting the flu.

2. Bundle up and stay warm

Warmer body temperatures can help prevent spreading different viruses. Being under-dressed could lead to you becoming ill.

3. Wash your hands

Wash your hands frequently. Use soap and warm water for 20 seconds. Or, clean with alcohol-based gel or foam.

4. Get enough sleep

You need plenty of sleep to help keep your immune system in tip-top shape this time of year. You should be getting an average of eight to 10 hours of sleep a night.

5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth

Use a tissue when touching your face to help prevent germs from gaining easy access to entry points.

Get Cold or Flu Help at Bronson FastCare

If you do catch a cold or the flu this season, visit Bronson FastCare. Our qualified healthcare providers are here to help and no appointment is required. We’re open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Bronson FastCare – Gull Road 
5623 Gull Rd., Kalamazoo
(269) 775-8031

Bronson FastCare – West Main
6220 W. Main St., Kalamazoo
(269) 276-4744

Bronson FastCare – Portage
5121 S. Westnedge Ave. (inside Meijer), Portage
(269) 552-4212

Bronson FastCare – South Haven 
970 S. Bailey Ave., South Haven
(269) 639-2916

Need to get your flu shot?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone age six months and older get a flu vaccination. The vaccine is available at various Bronson locations. Fees vary based on the location, type of flu vaccine and your insurance coverage. Click here to find a Bronson location near you offering flu shots or the flu mist.

Bronson FastCare provides a wide range of treatments and services. It’s about getting help when you’re sick or itchy – with little or no wait, for one low price. Click here for more information on our other urgent care and emergency department locations in the Battle Creek, Kalamazoo, South Haven and Paw Paw areas.