Cold or flu? Here's how to tell

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Cold and flu season is well underway. There are several different types of influenza, including the infamous H1N1 (aka Swine Flu), and more than 200 viruses that can cause a cold -- rhinovirus is the most common one. Antibiotics are not effective against any of them. So, how can you tell if you have the flu or just a common cold? According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, you may have influenza if you exhibit some or all of these symptoms:
  1. Fever
  2. Cough
  3. Sore throat
  4. Runny nose
  5. Stuffy nose
  6. Body aches
  7. Headache
  8. Chills
  9. Fatigue
  10. Diarrhea
  11. Vomiting

Note: You can have the flu even if you don't have a fever.

Symptoms of a cold are different -- usually much milder -- than seasonal flu or H1N1. Here are some symptoms of a cold:
  1. Sneezing
  2. Stuff nose
  3. Runny nose
  4. Sore throat
  5. Coughing
  6. Watery eyes
  7. Mild headache
  8. Mild body aches

If you or your child have symptoms that last more than 10 days, symptoms that are not relieved by over-the-counter medications, or a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or greater, you should consult a health care provider immediately.

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