High fever: Only flu Cough and sore throat: Both cold and flu Body ache, headache, tiredness: Only flu Sneezing: Only cold Stuffy nose: Both cold and flu Breathing problems: Only flu Note: This chart is to help show the differences between cold and flu. Only your health care provider can determine if you are sick with cold or flu. If you are concerned about signs of the flu or cold, contact your health care provider.
Mass General Flu Information Center
Find out what you need to know to prevent influenza, treat its symptoms, and identify the signs of severe flu complications.