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How can you tell if you have the flu?

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Take your temperature. A mild case of the flu often has symptoms like a cold, but a cold rarely raises your temperature above 101 degrees F.

Besides a fever, the flu often gives you muscle aches and a headache.

SOURCES: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Common Cold." Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety: "Common Cold." Palo Alto Medical Foundation: "The Common Cold." University of Virginia Health System: "Upper Respiratory Infection (URI or Common Cold)."



Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on January 29, 2018

SOURCES: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Common Cold." Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety: "Common Cold." Palo Alto Medical Foundation: "The Common Cold." University of Virginia Health System: "Upper Respiratory Infection (URI or Common Cold)."



Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on January 29, 2018

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