This time of year, it seems like everyone is catching something!
We hope you find the following information useful to brush up on the key differences between a regular cold & the flu for proper treatment.

SymptomsColdFlu
FeverRareCharacteristic, high
(100-102°F); lasts three to four days
HeadacheRareProminent
General Aches, PainsSlightUsual; often severe
Fatigue, WeaknessQuite mildCan last up to two to three weeks
Extreme ExhaustionNeverEarly and prominent
Stuffy NoseCommonSometimes
SneezingUsualSometimes
Sore ThroatCommonSometimes
Chest Discomfort,
Cough
Mild to moderate;
hacking cough
Common; can become severe
ComplicationsSinus congestion
or earache
Bronchitis, pneumonia;
can be life-threatening
PreventionNoneAnnual vaccination;  (antiviral drugs)
TreatmentOnly
temporary
relief of symptoms
Symmetrel, Flumadine, Relenza,
or Tamiflu within 24-48 hours
after onset of symptoms

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