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Common Illnesses

Cold versus Flu

Symptoms Cold Flu
Fever Rare in adults and other children Usually 102 degrees, but can go up in 104 degrees and can last 3-4 days
Headache Rare Sudden onset and can be severe
Muscle Aches Mild Usual and often severe
Tiredness and Weakness Mild Can last 2 or more weeks
Extreme Exhaustion Never Sudden onset and can be severe
Runny Nose Often Sometimes
Sneezing Often Sometimes
Sore Throat Often Sometimes
Cough Mild hacking cough Usual and can become severe