Is it the FLU, or is it a COLD?



H1N1 Flu is, or about to be, upon us and we need to be on top of information regarding it

My guess is that if you have ever had a bad case of flu you will know when you are coming down with it again.

Early detection is the key to a quick recovery.  You just have to go in and let your doctor run the test.




Know the Difference Between Cold and H1N1 Flu Symptoms




H1N1 Flu


Fever is rare with a cold. 

Fever is usually present with the flu in up to 80% of all flu cases. A temperature of 100F or higher for 3 to 4 days is associated with the flu. 


A hacking, productive (mucus- producing) cough is often present with a cold.

A non-productive (non-mucus producing) cough is usually present with the flu (sometimes referred to as dry cough).


Slight body aches and pains can be part of a cold. 

Severe aches and pains are common with the flu.

Stuffy Nose

Stuffy nose is commonly present with a cold and typically resolves spontaneously within a week.

Stuffy nose is not commonly present with the flu.


Chills are uncommon with a cold.

60% of people who have the flu experience chills.


Tiredness is fairly mild with a cold.

Tiredness is moderate to severe with the flu.


Sneezing is commonly present with a cold.

Sneezing is not common with the flu. 

Sudden Symptoms

Cold symptoms tend to develop over a few days.. 

The flu has a rapid onset within 3-6 hours. The flu hits hard and includes sudden symptoms like high fever, aches and pains.


A headache is fairly uncommon with a cold. 

A headache is very common with the flu, present in 80% of flu cases.

Sore Throat

Sore throat is commonly present with a cold.


Sore throat is not commonly present with the flu. 

Chest Discomfort

Chest discomfort is mild to moderate with a cold. 

Chest discomfort is often severe with the flu..


The only way to stop the spread of an epidemic is to spread the awareness.



Take care and stay well.