Cold vs Flu

Is it a COLD or FLU?  Sometimes it is hard to tell.  The National Institutes of Health has put together a simple chart to help you identify the difference between these two upper respiratory conditions.  FOR MORE INFO… check out the CDC




Fever Rare Usual: high (100F to 102F) occasionally higher, especially in young children); lasts 3 to 4 days
Headache Rare Common
General Aches and Pains Usual Often severe
Fatigue or weakness Sometimes Usual; can last up to 2 to 3 weeks
Exhaustion Never Usual; at the beginning of the illness
Stuffy Nose Common Sometimes
Sneezing Usual Sometimes
Sore Throat Common Sometimes
Chest Discomfort Cough  Mild to moderate; hacking cough Common; can become severe

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