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Symptoms of the flu

Published October 29. 2010 05:00PM

Flu or a cold? Here's how to tell the difference:

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, in general, the flu is worse than the common cold, and symptoms such as fever, body aches, extreme tiredness, and dry cough are more common and intense. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. Colds generally do not result in serious health problems, such as pneumonia, bacterial infections, or hospitalizations.

Here are common flu symptoms:

• Fever or feeling feverish/chills (not everyone with the flu will have a fever)

• Cough

• Sore throat

• Runny or stuffy nose

• Muscle or body aches

• Headaches

• Fatigue

Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

Source: U.S. Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta, Georgia

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