Is it a Cold or the Flu?

Symptoms Cold Flu
Fever Rare in Adults, but can be as high as 102° F in infants and small children Usually 102° F, can go to 104° F; lasts 3-4 days
Headache Rare Can be severe
General Aches, Pains Mild Usual, often severe
Fatigue, Weakness Mild Can last up to 2-3 weeks
Extreme Exhaustion Never Sudden onset; can be severe
Stuffy Nose Often Sometimes
Sneezing Often Sometimes
Sore Throat Common Sometimes
Chest Discomfort Mild to moderate; hacking cough Usual; can become severe
Complications Sinus congestion or earache Bronchitis, pneumonia; can be life-threatening