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Is it a cold or the flu?

 
 
Symptoms Cold Flu
Fever Rare High- 100-102 for 3-4 days
Headache Rare Common
General Aches/ Pains Slight Usual, often severe
Fatigue/Weakness Sometimes Usual can last 2-3 weeks
Extreme 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 be severe
     
Treatment Antihistamines SEE YOUR DOCTOR
  Tylenol or ibuprofen  
     
Prevention Wash your hands often Annual Flu Shot

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: www.niaid.nih.gov