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Flu or Cold Screening Chart.

Do you have a cold or the flu? Although both are caused by a virus, it can be important to identify if you are sick with a simple cold or the flu, since there are treatments for the flu.

SYMPTOM INFLUENZA COMMON COLD
Fever Usual, sudden onset 100+ and lasts 3-4 days. Rare
Headache Usual and can be severe Rare
Aches and pains Usual and can be severe Rare
Fatigue and weakness Usual and can last 2-3 weeks or more after the acute illness. Sometimes, but mild
Debilitating fatigue Usual, early onset can be severe Rare
Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea In children Rare
Watering of the eyes Rare Usual
Runny, stuffy nose Rare Usual
Sneezing Rare in early stages Usual
Sore throat Usual Usual
Chest discomfort Usual and can be severe Sometimes, but mild to moderate