What are the Signs and Symptoms of the Flu?

  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Muscle aches
  • Fatigue
  • Runny nose, sneezing, watery eyes
  • Throat irritation

 

Differences between a Flu and a Common Cold

Most people have trouble deciding if it is the flu or a cold. This chart is provided to help you know the difference.

Symptoms Cold flu
Fever Rare Usually
Cough Mild Common;
can be severe
Headache Rare Almost always
Runny,
stuffy nose
Common Sometimes
Aches and pains Slight Usually
Onset Gradually gets worse over a few days Comes on quickly and severely
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Page Last Updated: 04/03/2016