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Is it a cold or the flu? How to tell the difference

We all know colds are common in winter, but it’s also the flu season. Sometimes, it can be tough to tell if your suffering from a cold or the flu.

Know the difference between cold and flu so that you can take care and get better faster.  

Flu symptoms

Fever and chills are the biggest telltale signs of flu. However, if you are experiencing any of the following, you likely have the flu:

  • Symptoms came on quickly
  • Fever
  • Head and muscles ache
  • Chills
  • Dry cough and nose
  • Decreased appetite

Common cold symptoms

A cold can feel like the flu, but its symptoms are a little different. Cold symptoms include the following:

  • Mild or no fever
  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat

Simply put, the sudden onset of fever, aches, chills, and tiredness point to the flu.

What to do if you have the flu

If you have flu symptoms, call your doctor, visit a Community Clinic at Walgreens, MedCheck or schedule a virtual appointment. A caregiver can prescribe you an antiviral medication to lessen the effects and duration of the flu. 

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