Winter is the time of year that both the common cold and the influenza vaccine are prevalent. Sometimes it can be difficult to tell the difference. Both are viruses that cause upper respiratory illness.

Typically, influenza causes more severe symptoms and colds tend to be mild. Flu symptoms also include body aches, a fever, extreme tiredness, and a dry cough. A cold is more likely to have stuffy or running nose. A flu can cause more health complications than a common cold. Complications can include pneumonia or bacterial infections.

To prevent both, always wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer. Stay away from people who have cold or flu like symptoms. The best way to protect yourself from the flu is with a flu shot. Make sure to visit AFC Braintree for a flu vaccination today. We offer walk in doctors visits and can administer the flu vaccine. With convenient night and weekend hours, it is easy to find time to walk in. For more information call us directly at 781-848-2273.