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

Cough, 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.

Get the Flu 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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