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Do I have the Flu?

Symptoms of a cold and flu can be similar since they are both associated with the respiratory system. Cold symptoms are usually centered in the nose, throat, and head. Flu symptoms are more generalized and affect the entire body.

Symptoms***

Cold

Flu

Tired/Fatigue - mild

 

Sneezing

 

Stuffy/Runny nose

Sore throat

Cough

Sudden onset

 

Fever (normal temperature is 98.6 F or 37 C) *

 

Headache

 

Chills

 

Muscle/Body aches

 

Tired/Fatigue/Weakness – Moderate or Severe

 

Diarrhea and Vomiting **

 

*A fever is not always present
**Diarrhea and vomiting is more common in children
*** Not all symptoms need to be present to have either a cold or the flu

Check your symptoms:

Everyday Health

Flu Facts

WebMD

 

References:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (2014). The flu: What to do if you get sick. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/flu/takingcare.htm

Genentech. (2015). Flu symptoms. Retrieved from http://www.flufacts.com/know/symptoms.jsp


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Last updated on October 7, 2015
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