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I think I have the flu but I’m not sure

The chart below can help you delineate between a cold and a flu based on the signs and symptoms

Symptom Common Cold Influenza
Onset Gradual Sudden
Fever Rare Sudden Onset 100 F – 104 F (38 C to 40 C)
Headache Rare Common
Body Aches Rare Common and usually severe
Fatigue and Exhaustion Rare Common and can be debilitating
Runny and Stuffy Nose Common Rare
Watery Eyes Common Rare
Sneezing Common Occasional
Sore Throat Common Common
Nausea, Vomiting, Diarrhea Rare Occasional, especially in young children
Complications Middle ear infection, not life threatening Respiratory failure, ear Infections, bacterial bronchitis, pneumonia, and sinusitis. Can be life threatening
Fatalities Rare Recognized in the young and the elderly
Prevention Wash hands often and avoid close contact with anyone with a cold Get the influenza vaccine. Wash hands often and avoid close contact with anyone who has the flu
Treatment Over the counter decongestants and antipyretics (fever reducers). Over the counter decongestants, pain relievers, and antipyretics (fever reducers). Antiviral flu medication may be indicated in some cases.