The CDC provides information on how to discriminate between the flu and the ‘common cold’. Both conditions are viral in origin. Co-infection with bacteria is possible and in the case of infection with influenza virus, can lead to significant and serious complications.
|Chest discomfort, cough||Common||Mild to moderate|
Credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Patient may experience just a few or many
Note: Not everyone with flu will have a fever
The following are at high risk of complications related to influenza virus infection
Note: To see the comprehensive list of high risk flu categories (and more), see the CDC Emergency Advisory below in the ‘Related ObG Topics’ section
CDC: What is the difference between a cold and the flu?
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