Gonzales Independent School District

Welcome!

The Health Services Team of GISD

Welcomes You!

The nurses of Gonzales ISD would like to welcome you and thank you for visiting Gonzales ISD Health Services.
 
As school nurses, we are very interested in the health and safety of each child. We feel health and learning go hand in hand; and that healthy children learn better and faster. We work together for children’s health “to guarantee that each student fully realizes his or her individual potential.”
 
Please contact your school’s nurse with questions or concerns you may have about your child’s health needs.
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 From the CDC: Cold Versus Flu

What is the difference between a cold and the flu?

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 symptoms, it can be difficult to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. In general, the flu is worse than the common cold, and symptoms are more common and intense. Colds are usually milder than the flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. Colds generally do not result in serious health problems, such as pneumonia, bacterial infections, or hospitalizations. Flu can have very serious associated complications.

How can you tell the difference between a cold and the flu?

Because colds and flu share many symptoms, it can be difficult (or even impossible) to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. Special tests that usually must be done within the first few days of illness can tell if a person has the flu.

What are the symptoms of the flu versus the symptoms of a cold?

The symptoms of flu can include fever or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue (tiredness). Cold symptoms are usually milder than the symptoms of flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. Colds generally do not result in serious health problems.

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