Menu Close

Cold or Flu?

When you wake up sneezing, coughing, and have aches and a fever and feel like you can’t move, how do you know whether you have the cold or the flu?

It’s important to know the difference between flu and cold symptoms. A cold is a milder respiratory illness than the flu. While cold symptoms can make you feel bad for a few days, flu symptoms can make you feel quite ill for a few days to weeks. The flu can also result in serious health problems such as pneumonia and hospitalizations.





Rare in adults and older children, but can be as high as 102 degrees F (39 degrees C) in infants and small children Usually 102 degrees F (39 degrees C), but can go up to 104 degrees F (40 degrees C) and usually lasts 3 to 4 days


Rare Sudden onset and can be severe

Muscle Aches & Pains

Sometimes, mild Usual, and often severe

Tiredness & Weakness

Sometimes, mild Often extreme, and can last two or more weeks

Exhaustion / Fatigue

Rare Very common, sudden onset and can be severe

Runny Stuffy Nose

Common Common


Common Sometimes

Sore Throat

Common Common


Sometimes, mild hacking cough Usual, and can become severe


Can lead to sinus congestion or earache Can lead to pneumonia and severe respiratory problems, can worsen other chronic health problems

< Go back to main Urgent Care services