Good Question – Do you have a cold or the flu?
The flu is different from a cold. A cold will come on gradually with various symptoms, and the flu will come on suddenly. People who have the flu may experience some or all of the following symptoms:
- Fever – chills/feeling feverish
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle or body aches
- Fatigue (tiredness)
- Vomiting and diarrhea may occur; this is more common in children than adults.
*Not everyone will experience a fever with the flu.
Flu vs. Cold
|Signs & Symptoms||Influenza (Flu)||Cold|
|Fever||Usual; lasts 3-4 days||Rare|
|Aches||Usual; often severe||Slight|
|Chest discomfort, cough||Common; can be severe||Mild to moderate; hacking cough|
For more information go to Center of Disease Control Flu & Symptom Severity
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