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Flu outbreak 2013: Symptoms to watch for

Sat., Jan. 12, 2013 1:21 PM EST
by Zondra Hughes

The flu is not a bad cold. The flu is a contagious virus that can kill you.

Flu deaths have reached an epidemic level (7.3 percent of deaths) according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and this flu season struck early and will stay around for weeks.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Friday that the country is facing a particularly bad flu season — one that struck early and is “likely to last for several more weeks,” according to CDC director Dr. Tom Friedman.

A big misunderstanding that may lead to death is that many people cannot tell the difference between a flu and a cold. Symptoms can appear to be similar, but the flu is deadly.

 These are the top seven signs of the flu, according to www.Flu.gov.

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  • Jerry

    Not very helpful in differentiated the 2013 flu from a cold

  • Johnny Fleming

    I never knew..interracial people are always sick with the flu. But from looking those photos, i Might be ok. No Caucasian sick folks pictured here. What a relief !!!

    • Brit

      That’s ridiculous. I am Caucasian and I have it. That’s so racist. A flu or cold can be obtained by any race.

      • Crystal

        I accidentally applied to you.

  • Lamont

    Are mostly blacks sick or something?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sherry-King/100000733997703 Sherry King

      No silly. Illnesses don`t know race, creed nor financial status..giggle. This was just posted on that website<3

  • Staywell

    Please stop terrifying the general public! Most flu related deaths occur in those who are immune compromised- the elderly, those with chronic illness, etc. The number of flu and flu related deaths are up this year, but that number has only increased by about 2% from this time last year. The CDC has reported that the most likely reason for this is simply that the flu season began earlier this year(not because it is a more deadly strain). They have also reported that because of the early start, they believe that in many hard hit areas the flu is hitting its peak now-much earlier than usual, and should start to level out shortly. Considering ALL of the information available, by the end of the flu season it is expected to turn out to be an average or SLIGHTLY above average flu season. As a healthcare provider, I can tell you that the alarmist media coverage of the flu this year is causing as much, if not more, harm than good. It seems that nearly every single person with a cold is terrified and rushing to the local ER? This is delaying treatment of those with serious illness substantially. In my city alone, 3 of the 5 emergency rooms have had to divert patients every night this week. If you are genuinely sick, please seak medical attention. Go to your family doctor as they are a much more appropriate provider for treatment of the common cold or uncomplicated flu. When it comes to flu-like symptoms, unless you are running a high fever (>101.0), are having difficulty breathing (from your lungs-not because you are stuffy) or are showing other life threatening symptoms, the emergency department is not the appropriate
    resource for your illness. Remember to wash your hands frequently, not share food or drink, avoid contact with those who are Ill, use tissues when you cough or sneeze and if you start to feel sick stay home except to see your doctor and remember that it is not too late to get a flu shot. Stay healthy out there!!!