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    Are you coming down with something? Use this chart to see if your symptoms are more like a cold or the flu. (You will need to see your doctor to find out for sure.)

    Symptoms

    Cold

    Flu

    Fever

    Rare

    High (100-102 F)

    Can last 3-4 days

    Headache

    Rare

    Intense

    General Aches, Pains

    Slight

    Usual

    Often severe

    Fatigue, Weakness

    Mild

    Intense

    Can last up to 2-3 weeks

    Extreme Exhaustion

    Never

    Usual

    Starts early

    Stuffy Nose

    Common

    Sometimes

    Sneezing

    Usual

    Sometimes

    Sore Throat

    Common

    Common

    Cough

    Mild to moderate

    Common; can become severe

    Complications

    Sinus congestion, asthma,
    or earache

    Bronchitis, pneumonia;
    you may need to go to a hospital.

    Prevention

    Good handwashing and avoiding sick people

    Flu vaccine once a year

    Wash your hands well and avoid sick people.

    Antiviral drugs oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and zanamivir (Relenza)

    Treatment


    Over-the-counter products to ease symptoms


    Over-the-counter products to ease symptoms

    Prescription treatments:

    Oseltamivir (Tamiflu) or zanamivir (Relenza) within 24-48 hours after symptoms start

    Peramivir (Rapivab) for some cases; taken by IV

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