What do your
symptoms say?

Click the cold or flu buttons to see if you are showing signs of
the flu or a cold. Both can have similar symptoms. However,
symptoms like fever, body aches, tiredness, and coughing tend
to be more intense with the flu compared with the cold. In
addition, people with colds are more likely to have more head
and nose symptoms. While you are sick, limit your contact
with others and discuss your symptoms with your doctor to see
if you should get tested for the flu.

Headaches Sneezing Watery Eyes Runny Nose Coughing Sore Throat Body Aches
Headaches Fever Body Aches Chills Coughing

Although most people will recover within a week or 10 days, some are at greater risk of more severe complications, such as pneumonia.

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Keep in Mind

  • While symptoms of influenza may seem similar to those of the common cold, influenza is a more serious disease and is estimated to cause about 12,200 hospitalizations and 3,500 deaths annually in Canada. Also, flu symptoms can appear very abruptly compared to the slower onset of symptoms from the common cold.
  • Knowing the difference between the flu and the common cold is important, but your doctor is the best source of information. He or she can help properly diagnose your symptoms and may be able to offer prevention options for the flu.