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Know the Difference between Cold and H1N1 Flu Symptoms



Symptom Cold H1N1 Flu
Fever Fever is rare with a cold.  Fever is usually present with the flu in up to 80% of all flu cases. A temperature of 100°F or higher for 3 to 4 days is associated with the flu. 
Coughing A hacking, productive (mucus- producing) cough is often present with a cold.  A non-productive (non-mucus producing) cough is usually present with the flu (sometimes referred to as dry cough). 
Aches Slight body aches and pains can be part of a cold.  Severe aches and pains are common with the flu. 
Stuffy Nose Stuffy nose is commonly present with a cold and typically resolves spontaneously within a week.  Stuffy nose is not commonly present with the flu. 
Chills Chills are uncommon with a cold.  60% of people who have the flu experience chills. 
Tiredness Tiredness is fairly mild with a cold.  Tiredness is moderate to severe with the flu. 
Sneezing Sneezing is commonly present with a cold.  Sneezing is not common with the flu. 
Sudden Symptoms Cold symptoms tend to develop over a few days.  The flu has a rapid onset within 3-6 hours. The flu hits hard and includes sudden symptoms like high fever, aches and pains. 
Headache A headache is fairly uncommon with a cold.  A headache is very common with the flu, present in 80% of flu cases. 
Sore Throat Sore throat is commonly present with a cold.  Sore throat is not commonly present with the flu. 
Chest Discomfort Chest discomfort is mild to moderate with a cold.  Chest discomfort is often severe with the flu. 

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