Is it the cold or the flu?

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SYMPTOMS


COLD


FLU


Fever Rare Characteristic, high
(102-104 degrees F); last 3-4 days
Headache Rare Prominent
General Aches, Pains Slight Usual; often sever
Fatigue, Weakness Quite mild Can last up to 2-3 weeks
Extreme
Exhaustion
Never Early and prominent
Stuffy Nose Common Sometimes
Sneezing Usual Sometimes
Sore Throat Common Sometimes
Chest Discomfort,
Cough
Mild to moderate:
Hacking cough
Common; can become severe
Complications Sinus congestion
Or earache
Bronchitis, Pneumonia; Can be
life-threatening
Prevention None Annual vaccination; antiviral Medicines
see your doctor
Treatment Only temporary
relief of Symptoms
Antiviral medicines - see your doctor