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Cold vs. Flu
Mary Vogt
Wednesday, August 01, 2018

This time of year, we typically see an increase of students that are out ill. Many have symptoms of cold or flu, which are respiratory illnesses that are commonly treated in the winter. Often, it can be hard to tell which may affect your child. Per the CDC, influenza tends to be much more worrisome than a cold – it is usually much more severe. The chart below can help you determine cold versus flu.

SYMPTOMSCOLDFLU
FeverRareTypically High, Over 100, & Lasting 3-4 Days
HeadacheRareProminent
General Aches, PainsSlightUsual; Often Severe
Fatigue, WeaknessQuite MildCan Last Up To 2-3 Weeks
Extreme ExhaustionNeverEarly & Prominent
Stuffy NoseCommonSometimes
SneezingUsualSometimes
Sore ThroatCommonSometimes
Chest Discomfort/CoughHacking CoughCommon; Can Become Severe
ComplicationsCongestion, Ear AcheBronchitis, Pneumonia; Can Be Life-Threatening
PreventionGood HygieneAnnual Flu Shot or Flu Mist
TreatmentTemporary Relief of Symptoms, i.e. OTC MedsAntiviral Medications (Tamiflu or Relenza) Within 24-48 Hours of Onset, Encourage Fluids and Rest, Contact a Physician if Symptoms are Severe

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