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The flu is not just a “bad cold” despite common misconceptions. Thousands of people die each year from complications after getting the flu.

What is the different?

Both the cold and the flu have similar symptoms such as cough and

sore throat but different viruses cause the different illnesses. The flu can be a lot more serious than a cold. In general, if you are healthy and have no chronic conditions, you can usually manage the symptoms of a cold or flu without seeing a doctor, by resting, consuming lots of fluids and not taking part in strenuous activity. Painkillers can be helpful in relieving the aches and pains associated with both the cold and flu such as ibuprofen and paracetamol, but ensure to stay within the recommended doses and if symptoms persist contact your doctor.

Cold Symptoms

  • Runny nose (starting initially with a clear mucus gradually thickening)
  • Blocked up nose
  • Cough
  • Sneezing
  • Sore throat
  • A mild fever may also be present which may develop over 1-2 days but will get better although some colds can last for up to 2 weeks

Flu Symptoms

  • Onset of the flu is more rapid than a cold
  • Fever of 38C
  • Muscular aches & pains
  • Sweating
  • Feeling exhausted and wanting to lie down and rest
  • Dry and chesty cough

When to seek medical help

Whether it is a flu or a cold you may have, it is important to seek medical help if you have any of the following:

  • A chronic condition such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease.
  • A fever that’s very high with an unusually severe headache, abdominal or chest pain.

People “at risk”

Some groups of people are at a greater risk of developing additional complications such as pneumonia and bronchitis. Those who have a higher risk of developing complication include;

People 65 years and over,
People under the age of 65 or children if they have any serious issues such as the following;

  • Heart or Chest complaints, including asthma.
  • Serious Kidney or Liver disease.
  • Diabetes.
  • Low immune system due to a disease or previous medical treatment.
  • Previous stroke or transient ischaemic attack (TIA).

Pregnant Women
Health Care Workers

For a more comprehensive list and to learn more about the virus, click here.

For a more comprehensive list of those who should get the flu vaccine, click here.

How to stop spreading the virus

  • Ensure to cough or sneeze into a tissue and throw the tissue in the bin.
  • Wash hands after sneezing or coughing.
  • Have a flu injection annually if you fall under the “at risk” group.

We can help you

Book an appointment with the nurse at IT Sligo Health Services reception desk – Don’t forget your student ID card.

Email or contact -071 93 05463 or 071 93 05205 for further information.