Cold vs. flu: How to tell difference in symptoms, best prevention tips

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Since 2010, the CDC estimates that the flu has resulted in between 140,000 and 710,000 hospitalizations each year in the United States.

It's important to recognize the symptoms, but how can you tell if it's the flu or just a regular cold?

The symptoms of a cold include sore throat, runny nose, sneezing, nasal congestion, mild cough, mild body aches, mild fatigue and a moderate fever.

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Flu symptoms include sore throat, headaches, chills, dehydration, severe body aches, extreme fatigue, hacking cough and a high fever.

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Prevention is the best medicine from getting sick, so here are some habits to stay healthy:

  • Get a flu shot

  • Wash your hands

  • Take care of yourself

  • Stay home if you're sick


Watch the video in the player above to learn more about the differences between a cold and a flu.
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