Know the Symptoms!

The best way to fight the flu (influenza) or the common cold is to know which one you are fighting. The next time you are questioning your symptoms, check out this handy chart with information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help you make the best decisions on your next steps.

Signs & Symptoms

Cold

Flu

Symptom onset

Gradual

Abrupt

Fever

Rare

Usual

Aches

Slight

Usual

Chills

Uncommon

Fairly common

Fatigue, weakness

Sometimes

Usual

Sneezing

Common

Sometimes

Chest discomfort, coughing

Mild to moderate

Common

Stuffy nose

Common

Sometimes

Snore throat

Common

Sometimes

Headache

Rare

Common

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