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Understand the difference between a cold or flu; it could save your life.

Use this information to narrow down if you have a cold or flu. Being able to differentiate between the two could help you avoid some of the serious effects of the illnesses. Especially as an older adult.

Symptom

Cold

Flu

Fever

Rare

Usual

Headache

Rare

Common

Aches & Pains

Slight

Usual

Fatigue

Sometimes

Usual

Stuffy Nose

Common

Sometimes

Sneezing

Usual

Sometimes

Sore Throat

Common

Sometimes

Cough

Mild/Moderate

Common

Adults 65+ are at a higher risk for serious complications

Cold Complications

Flu Complications

Lung Infections
Throat Infections
Sinus Infections

Pneumonia
Hospitalization
Death

The flu can be treated! Get your yearly flu shot.

You’ll protect yourself, protect others, and save lives! To learn more read our 3 Simple Ways to Avoid the Flu this Year article.

For information on how to get on-site flu shots at your location, visit Ohana Care.

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