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Flu or Common Cold?

With flu and cold season upon us, do you know how to tell the difference between these two common illnesses? Below are some of the main signs and symptoms to help you determine. If you think you have the flu, contact your doctor immediately. An antiviral medication may help you recover from the flu faster.


  • Symptoms start suddenly
  • High fever (over 101 degrees) that lasts 3-4 days
  • Dry cough that can become severe
  • Prominent headache
  • Often severe aches and pains
  • Tiredness and weakness that sometimes lasts up to 2 -3 weeks
  • Early and noticeable exhaustion
  • Occasionally will cause a stuffy nose, sneezing and sore throat

Common Cold

  • Symptoms start gradually
  • Usually does not cause fever
  • Hacking cough
  • Slight aches and pains
  • Mild tiredness
  • No noticeable exhaustion
  • Usually will cause a stuffy nose, sneezing and sore throat



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