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Cold vs. flu: how to read and treat your symptoms

fluCough, congestion, aches, chills. Cold and flu season is upon us. But which do you have? And why does it matter?

Both the common cold and influenza (the flu) are respiratory illnesses, but flu symptoms are more severe than the common cold and can lead to complications such as pneumonia or bacterial infections.

To protect yourself and others, it’s important to schedule a flu shot with your Primary Care Provider.

Flu Vaccine Update: If you have kids, the American Academy of Pediatrics no longer recommends the nasal spray vaccine after studies showed poor effectiveness. Therefore, our clinicians only offer the shot vaccine.

Get the FACTS

While many cold symptoms can mimic the flu, there are five FACTS that generally point to influenza:

  • Fever
  • Aches
  • Chills
  • Tiredness
  • Sudden symptoms

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