• How can you tell the difference between a cold and the flu?

     

    Symptoms

    Cold

    Flu

    Fever

    Rare

    Characteristic High

    Headache

    Rare

    Prominent

    General Aches, Pains

    Slight

    Usual, often severe

    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; amantadine or rimantadine (antiviral drugs)

    Treatment

    Only temporary relief of symptoms

    Amantadine or rimantadine within 24-48 hours after onset of symptoms

    Chart courtesy of National Institute ofAllergy and Infectious Diseases