Is It a Cold or the Flu?

Cold: Fever is rare in adults and older children, but can be as high as 102 degrees F in infants and small children. Headache, muscle aches, tiredness and weakness, extreme exhaustion: rare, mild, or never. Runny nose, sneezing, sore throat: often. Mild hacking cough: common.

Flu: Fever is usually 102 degrees F, but can rise to 104 and usually lasts 3 to 4 days. Headache, muscle aches, tiredness and weakness, extreme exhaustion: usual and severe. Runny nose, sneezing, sore throat: sometimes. A cough is usual and can become severe.

For more information: Call the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at 1-800-232-4636.

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