Cold and Flu

Sometimes it’s challenging to differentiate between the flu and the common cold. The flu and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses but they are caused by different viruses. Because these two types of illnesses have similar flu-like symptoms, it can be difficult to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone.
Colds are usually milder than the flu. The common cold is an Upper Respiratory Infection (URI) that presents itself with:

    Nasal congestion
    Runny nose
    Sore throat

Colds generally do not result in serious health problems, such as pneumonia, bacterial infections, or hospitalizations, and usually do not require antibiotics. Antibiotics do not help a common cold since a cold is a virus. Antibiotics are only effective for treating bacterial infections. To help fight off a cold, get some rest to help strengthen your immune system and drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration. Your immune system should help the common cold self-resolve but sometimes secondary complications can arise. Common secondary complications that may require an antibiotic are: sinus infections, ear infections, tonsillitis or bronchitis. If your cold gets worse, then it’s a good idea to see your doctor.
In general, the flu is worse than the common cold, and symptoms manifest themselves as:

    Body Aches
    Extreme Tiredness
    Dry Cough

The flu typically spreads when people with the flu, cough, sneeze, or even talk. Those airborne contagions can infect people nearby, which cause the virus to spread. It can also be spread by touching an infected surface with the virus on it, and then immediately touching ones mouth, eyes, or nose. You can pass the flu on to someone else even if you are not feeling any symptoms. Most healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick. Some people, especially young children and people with weakened immune systems, might be able to infect others for an even longer time. Rapid flu tests are one way physicians can diagnose the ailment. Special tests to determine the severity and type of flu should be carried out within the first few days a person suspects illness.
Marque Urgent Care offers the flu shot in all of our facilities. Marque Urgent Care administers thousands of flu shots each season and most flu shots visits take less than 15 minutes. We also offer packages such as our Total Wellness Flu Package that offers the flu shot, Total Cholesterol and HDL Test, blood sugar test and blood pressure check.

The severity of the flu and associated complications can depend on certain risk factors. Older people, young children, pregnant women, people with conditions (such as diabetes, asthma, or heart disease) and people who live in elder communities or nursing homes are at greater risk.

For more information about symptoms, vaccinations, and complications related to seasonal influenza, please visit:

For information regarding the upcoming flu season, please refer to: DCE Advisory 08302017