Expert Advice -- Cold or Flu: 10 Ways to Tell the Difference

  • Pneumonia: Very uncommon
  • Treatment: Over the counter medications for symptoms
  • Prevention: Careful hand washing

The Flu

  • Cause: Influenza A or B virus
  • When: Late fall and winter
  • How Spread: Droplets from nose and throat
  • Incubation: Usually 2 days
  • Fever: Almost always
  • Chills: Common
  • Muscle Aches Common and sometimes severe
  • Headaches: Common
  • Sore Throat: Painful and more persistent
  • Cough: Common
  • Diarrhea: Uncommon
  • Vomiting: Not usually
  • Pneumonia: Can occur
  • Treatment: Amantidine or Rimantidine
  • Prevention: Flu vaccine/ Hand washing
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