• During cold and flu season, you may be unsure about when you should call in sick from work. Here are some signs that you'd be better off resting and recuperating at home.

  • A doctor will be able to tell that you have the flu if you have at least some or most of these symptoms.

  • Many people use the word flu when they actually have a cold.

  • Here's a quick guide to help you tell the flu from a bad cold: Symptom Flu Cold Fever Usually present, high (38°C to 41°C or 102°F to 104°F); lasts 3 to 4 days Uncommon Headache Very common Uncommon Aches and pains Common and often severe Slight Fatigue and weakness Can last up to 14 to 21 days Mild Extreme exhaustion Very common at the start Never Stuffy nose Sometimes Common Sneezing Sometimes Common Sore throat Sometimes Common Chest discomfort, cough Common Mild to moderate, hacking cough For most people, the flu will last 1 or 2 weeks, but can last for up to one month.

  • New mom Trish Rawn shares her experience of what happened when her 1-year-old daughter came down with H1N1.

  • What side effects can the H1N1 vaccine cause?

  • Are you allergic to the H1N1 vaccine? Anaphylaxis is a rare but serious allergic reaction that occurs with many medications and vaccines. Cases of anaphylaxis have been reported with the H1N1 vaccine. Should you be concerned?

  • Becoming a pro at catching a cold could help you minimize your suffering during the most contagious season.

  • Sore throat is one of the most common symptoms of colds and the flu. Find relief with these throat-soothing strategies.

  • If you're not sure whether you should get a flu shot this year, consider these answers to 6 frequently asked questions about the vaccination.

  • Can taking extra vitamin C help ward off the common cold? Researchers and doctors are divided on this issue, but many people claim that taking daily vitamin C supplements provides protection against cold and flu viruses. Several studies have been conducted to try to determine if any link exists between vitamin C and the common cold.

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