Is It a Cold or the Flu?

Updated February 21, 2017 | Factmonster Staff
feverrarecharacteristic, high (102?104 F); lasts 3?4 days
general aches, painsslightusual; often severe
fatigue, weaknessquite mildcan last up to 2?3 weeks
extreme exhaustionneverearly and prominent
stuffy nose, sore throatcommonsometimes
Complicationssinus congestion or earachebronchitis, pneumonia; can be life-threatening
Preventionnoneannual vaccination; antiviral medicines?see your doctor
Treatmentonly temporary relief of symptomsantiviral medicines?see your doctor
Source: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
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