• Cold and Flu Differences
     
    SymptomsColdFlu
    FeverRareCharacteristic, high
    (100-102 degrees F,
    lasts 3-4 days)
    HeadacheRareProminent
    General Aches, PainsSlightUsual; often severe
    Fatigue, WeaknessQuite mildCan last up to three weeks
    Extreme ExhaustionNeverEarly and prominent
    Stuffy NoseCommonSometimes
    SneezingUsualSometimes
    Sore ThroatCommonSometimes
    Chest Discomfort, CoughMild to moderate;
    hacking cough
    Common; can become severe
    ComplicationsSinus congestion or
    earache
    Bronchitis, pneumonia; can
    be life-threatening
    PreventionGood hygieneAnnual flu shot or FluMist
    TreatmentOnly temporary relief
    of symptoms
    Antiviral drugs (Tamiflu or 
    Relenza) within 24-48 hours
    of onset