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Diseases & Conditions

Is it Flu

If you’re feeling sick, you may be confused about the cause. Many symptoms of the common cold are similar to those of the seasonal flu or H1N1 flu (swine flu), but often the symptoms for the flu are more severe. Use this chart to help tell the difference, and see below for more information about the related conditions pneumonia and gastroenteritis.

Symptom Cold Flu
Fever Rare High (100-102 degrees), may last 3-4 days
Headache Rare Usually
Body aches, pains Slight Severe
Fatigue Mild Severe, may last 2-3 weeks
Weakness Not common Yes
Stuffy Nose Common Sometimes
Sneezing Usual Sometimes
Sore Throat Common Sometimes
Cough Mild to moderate Common, can be severe
Chills and sweats Not common Sometimes
Vomiting Not common Sometimes
Diarrhea Not common Sometimes
Complications Sinus congestion
Can be life threatening