Cold Symptoms vs. Flu Symptoms

Cold and Flu season is upon us. Here are some guidelines to help differentiate between Cold and Flu symptoms.

Colds can be caused by 200+ viruses and is usually accompanied by a sore throat and sneezing, as well as a mild cough and possibly a low grade fever.

In contrast, Flu is caused by the influenza virus. Symptoms generally come on suddenly and can include headache, fatigue, fever and the chills. Children are more likely to experience vomiting as well.

Because flu symptoms can be similar to cold symptoms, it can be hard to tell the difference. As a general rule of thumb when you have the flu, symptoms will appear sooner than symptoms of a cold and they will be more intense.

If symptoms for either do not get better, it is advised that you seek attention from a health care provider.