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Is it a Cold or Flu?

Is it a Cold, or is it the FLU?

Symptoms

COLD

FLU

Fever

Rare

Usual – can be 100 to 102?or higher, lasting 3–4 days

(not all people with flu have fever)

Chills

Uncommon

Common

Muscle Aches and Pains

Uncommon-mild

Common – can be severe

Headache

Uncommon

Common – can come on suddenly and be severe

Tiredness/weakness

Sometimes- very mild; you don’t feel tired

Common – can be moderate to severe; can last for 2-3 weeks. You can feel extreme tiredness that occurs suddenly

Coughing

Common - mild to moderate hacking

Common - can become severe and last for several weeks

Sneezing

Common

Sometimes

Stuffy Nose

Common

Sometimes

Sore Throat

Common

Sometimes

Chest Discomfort

Sometimes – can be mild to moderate

Common – can be severe