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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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