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Know Your Cold & Flu Symptoms

Colds, flu, and pneumonia can have similar symptoms. Use the chart below to see if your symptoms require a visit to SHAC or if you can take care of yourself. If you are still unsure, an Advice Nurse in SHAC's Health Services is available to answer your questions, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 503-725-2800. If SHAC is closed call 844-224-3145 for After Hours Care. If you experience a life-threatening emergency, call 911.

Symptoms

When to take care of yourself

When to call SHAC for an appointment                                          

Sore throat
  • Scratchy throat
  • Can swallow liquids
  • Minor swelling of glands
  • Inability to swallow liquids
  • White/yellow spots in throat
  • Increased pain after three days
Fever
  • Less than 101oF/38.5oC
  • Higher than 101oF/38.5oC for two days (48 hours)
  • Shaking chills
Cough
  • Dry cough
  • Chest pain
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Foul smelling, brown, or bloody phlegm
Runny nose and sneezing
  • Relatively clear or yellow drainage
  • Mild sinus or facial discomfort
  • Foul smelling, brown, or bloody mucus
  • Severe sinus or facial pain
Earache
  • Stuffy or clogged ear
  • Pain or discharge from ears
Body ache
  • General aches
  • Persistent abdominal pain
Fatigue
  • General tiredness
  • Excessive fatigue or cannot stand up
Headache
  • Mild pain or pain that improves with non-prescription pain reliever and oral hydration
IF YOU HAVE A HEADACHE PLUS ANY OF THESE SYMPTOMS, SEEK MEDICAL CARE IMMEDIATELY
  • Blurred vision, or severe dizziness
  • Persistent severe vomiting
  • Severe stiffness in neck or back
  • Mental agitation or confusion
  • Severe headache with fever greater than 101oF/38.5oC and rash anywhere on the body