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Do You Have a COLD or the FLU?


A cold and the flu (also called influenza) are alike in many ways. Both cold and flu can sometimes lead to more serious problems. A cold usually includes symptoms of a stuffy or runny nose. They last a couple of days to a week. Flu symptoms are usually tiredness, fever, headache, and muscle aches and pains. Coughing can be a sign of either a cold or the flu.1

When to see a healthcare professional

You should call your doctor in these situations:2

  • Your symptoms get worse
  • Your symptoms last a long time
  • After feeling a little better, you start feeling sick to your stomach, vomiting, develop shaking chills, high fever, or chest pain

Practice other good health habits:3

  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Get plenty of rest
  • Manage your stress
  • Eat nutritious food