Cold and Flu

What is the difference between a cold and the flu? 
The flu and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses but they are caused by different viruses. Because these two types of illnesses have similar flu-like symptoms, it can be difficult to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. In general, the flu is worse than the common cold, and symptoms such as fever, body aches, extreme tiredness, and dry cough are more common and intense. Colds are usually milder than the flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. Colds generally do not result in serious health problems, such as pneumonia, bacterial infections, or hospitalizations.  

How can you tell the difference between a cold and the flu?
Because colds and flu share many symptoms, it can be difficult (or even impossible) to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. Special tests that usually must be done within the first few days of illness can be carried out, when needed to tell if a person has the flu.  

What are the symptoms of the flu versus the symptoms of a cold?
In general, the flu is worse than the common cold, and symptoms such as fever, body aches, extreme tiredness, and dry cough are more common and intense. Colds are usually milder than the flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. Colds generally do not result in serious health problems, such as pneumonia, bacterial infections, or hospitalizations.  

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

Click on the resource links below for more information 

Influenza Germs Are Everywhere. The Vaccine is Your Best Protection  
A brochure. Influenza is dangerous and can lead to more serious health problems, like pneumonia. But a flu vaccine can protect you from that misery. Source: New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Other Languages: Chinese[中文]Spanish [Español] 
Creole [Kreyòl ayisyen],   Russian [Русский]   
 


Get Vaccinated
A brochure. Influenza makes you miserable and can lead to serious complications. Learn more about how to protect yourself with a flu vaccine. Source: New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Other Languages: Chinese[中文]
Spanish [Español]
Russian [Русский], Creole [Kreyòl ayisyen]     

 

Prevent Influenza, Get Vaccinated
This brochure discusses the following: About Influenza, Risk factors for getting the flu, what to do when you have flu-like symptoms, and H1N1 Influenza. Source: New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Other Languages: Chinese[中文]Spanish [Español],  
Creole [Kreyòl ayisyen],  Russian[Русский],   





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