Is it the flu or pneumonia?

Do you know if you have the flu or pneumonia?

Posted: Jan. 8, 2018 9:57 PM
Updated: Jan. 8, 2018 10:10 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- The flu continues to be a growing problem in the state, but the cold is bringing on other health issues like pneumonia as well.

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Health experts say the flu is like a cold, but one hundred times worse, but a high fever is a symptom you'll see in both cases.

A Lutheran health physican gave us a simple break down of the difference between the two so you'll know what to look for.

"Anytime you have chest pains when you move, that's a hallmark of pneumonia. The other thing is you'll have a productive cough. Usually you'll be bringing up mucus. You'll still have that high fever, but one of the other things that influenze doesn't normally give you is difficulty breathing," Dr. Ibad Farooqui said.

It is recommended you get your flu shot every year around October or November, but you won't have to worry about getting a pneumonia shot until the age of 65.

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