Is it a Cold or the Flu?

 Symptom Cold (Symptoms are generally mild) Flu/Influenza (Symptoms often come on quickly)
Fever Rare

Usual, high fever (102°F/39°C to 104°F/40°C)
sudden onset, lasts 3-4 days

Headache Rare Usual, can be severe
General aches and pains Sometimes, mild Usual, often severe
Tired and weak Sometimes, mild Usual, may last 2-3 weeks or more
Extreme fatique Unusual Usual, early onset
Runny, stuffy nose Common Common
Sneezing Common Sometimes
Sore throat Common Common
Chest discomfort, coughing Sometimes, mild to moderate Usual, can be severe
Nausea/vomiting/diarrhea Not usually Sometimes
Complications Can lead to sinus congestion or earache Can lead to pneumonia and respiratory failure;
Can worsen a current chronic respiratory condition; Can be life-threatening

Ask your Doctor about ways to treat and prevent flu in your family.