||Fever is rare with a cold.
||Fever is usually present with the flu in up to 80 percent of all
flu cases. A temperature of 100°F 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 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.
||Sixty percent 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.
||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
||A headache is fairly uncommon with a cold.
||A headache is very common with the flu and present in 80
percent of flu cases.
||Sore throat is commonly present with a cold.
||Sore throat is not very common with the flu.
||Chest discomfort is mild to moderate with a cold.
||Chest discomfort is often severe with the flu.