Flu season is well underway but there is still time to get a flu shot.
According to the CDC, flu season tends to peak between December and February.
Colds and the flu share many symptoms, so it can be difficult to tell the difference when you aren’t feeling well. However, according to the CDC, a fever usually comes with the flu but is rare with a cold.
Chills and headaches are also rare for someone who just has a cold.
Cold symptoms are usually milder than the symptoms when someone has the flu.
Michael Fox of Chicopee told 22News, “It drains you of all of your energy. You can’t eat, you can’t do anything. You’re just down and out.”
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health said last week that they are expecting flu rates to climb up in the coming weeks, and encouraged everyone to get a flu shot.