Cold Vs. Flu Symptoms: What's the Difference?

POSTED: Wednesday, September 30, 2009 - 7:00am

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 10:29pm

They say when you have the flu you know it because the symptoms are more severe and come on so quickly. Here's a quick look at the difference between the common cold and flu. Cold symptoms include stuffy or runny nose, sore throat and sneezing. You will likely have a hacking cough.

If it's the flu, you'll get a fever, chills, headache and body aches. Flu symptoms come on fast usually within three to six hours. Coughs are dry and sore throat is less common.

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