Is it a COLD or the FLU?
Source:  Kansas Department of Health and Environment
Tips in Avoiding the FLU
Good Health Habits

Avoid close contact.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others
to protect them from getting sick too.

Stay home when you are sick.
If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent
others from catching your illness.

Cover your mouth and nose.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those
around you from getting sick.

Clean your hands.
Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and
then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
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Cold Symptoms tend to
develop over
a few days
The flu typically has a rapid onset
within 3-6 hours. The flu hits hard and
includes sudden symptoms like high
fever, aches and pains.
Fever is rare with a cold
A temperature of 100F or higher for 3 to
4 days is typically associated with the flu.
A hacking, productive
(musuc-producing) cough is
often present with a cold
A non-productive
(non-mucus-producing) cough is usually
present with the flu; sometimes referred
as a dry cough
Slight body aches and pains
can be part of a cold
Moderate to severe aches and pains
are common with the flu
Stuffy Nose
Stuffy nose is commonly
present with a cold and
typically resolves
spontaneously within a week
Stuffy nose is not commonly present
with the flu
Chills are uncommon with a
60% of people who have the flu
Tiredness is fairly mild with a
Tiredness is moderate to severe with
the flu
Sneezing is commonly
present with a cold
Sneezing is not common with the flu
A headache is fairly
uncommon with a cold
A headache is very common with the
flu, present in 80% of flu cases
Sore Throat
Sore throat is commonly
present with a cold
Sore throat is not commonly present
with the flu
Chest Discomfort
Chest discomfort is mild to
moderate with a cold
Chest discomfort is often severe with
the flu