About Influenza

Read about seasonal influenza basics and prevention from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Flu Vaccine

Learn more about the vaccine and where to get one

Cold or Flu? 

Check your symptoms below.

Symptom Indicator

 SymptomsCold Flu
Chest discomfort and coughMild to moderate; hacking coughCommon and can become severe
Extreme exhaustionNeverEarly and prominent
Fatigue and weaknessQuite mildCan last up to 2 to 3 weeks
FeverRareCharacteristic, high (102 to 104°F), lasts 3 to 4 days
General aches and painsSlightUsual and often severe
Sore throatCommonSometimes
Stuffy noseCommonSometimes

Source: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases 

What to Do

Option Type ColdFlu
ComplicationsSinus congestion or earacheBronchitis, pneumonia; can be life-threatening
PreventionNoneAnnual vaccination and antiviral medicines; see your doctor
TreatmentOnly temporary relief of symptomsAntiviral medicines; see your doctor

Source: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases