Is It a Cold or the Flu?
Updated February 21, 2017 | Factmonster Staff
|characteristic, high (102°–104° F); lasts 3–4 days
|general aches, pains
|usual; often severe
|can last up to 2–3 weeks
|early and prominent
|stuffy nose, sore throat
|sinus congestion or earache
|bronchitis, pneumonia; can be life-threatening
|annual vaccination; antiviral medicines—see your doctor
|only temporary relief of symptoms
|antiviral medicines—see your doctor
Source: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.