Is It a Cold or the Flu?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Symptoms

Cold

Flu

 

Fever

Rare

Characteristic, high (102-104*); lasts 3-4 days

Headache

Rare

Prominent

General aches & pains

Slight

Usual; often severe

Fatigue & weakness

Mild

Can last up to 2-3 weeks

Exhaustion

Never

Early & prominent

Congestion

Common

Occasional

Sneezing

Usual

Occasional

Sore Throat

Common

Occasional

Sore Throat

Common

Occasional

Cough/Chest Discomfort

Mild to moderate; hacking cough

Common; can be severe

Complications

Sinus congestion or earache

Bronchitis, pneumonia; can be life threatening

Prevention

None

Annual vaccinations; anti-viral medications

Treatment

Only temporary relief of symptoms

Anti-viral medications

 

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