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As far as infectious indicators go, there are three important symptoms to consider if you suspect a cold might actually be the flu — fever, chills, and body aches.
This particular melange of feel-baddery is a good place to start assessing since the trio is known to associate with influenza, but not often found consorting with the common cold.
INFLUENZA VS. COLD (via CDC)
Influenza, or flu, is a contagious respiratory illness caused by viruses that can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death.
Unlike a cold, which is caused by different viruses, the flu usually comes on suddenly and may include some or all of the following symptoms:
- Fever or feeling feverish (however, not everyone with flu will have a fever)
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle or body aches
- Fatigue (tiredness)
- Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
Flu season has started, and it's a race. As the influenza virus searches for vulnerable victims, CVS pharmacist Jill Kolin came to KPCC to give flu shots, including a live on-air flu shot for Morning Edition host Steve Julian.
"Sometimes people may feel a little bit of achiness, maybe a slight headache, but it's nothing compared to when you actually get the flu. The flu can be so debilitating that when you're laying down you can't even turn over — it hurts to move your body," she said.
With sleeve rolled, Off-Ramp host John Rabe musters focus for his impending flu shot:
A close-up shot of the vaccine:
The needle approaches...