• 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.

  • Not sure if your child has an ear infection? There might be symptoms you're overlooking. Take this quiz to get more information.

  • The flu is a respiratory (i.e., nose, throat and lung) infection that can be caused by a variety of influenza viruses. Many people use the word "flu" when they actually have a cold. Although the common cold is also caused by viruses, the flu and common cold differ in several ways. Can you tell the difference? Test your knowledge!

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