DIFFERENCES BETWEEN COLD, SEASONAL FLU & H1N1 SYMPTOMS

SYMPTOM

COLD

SEASONAL FLU

H1N1

FEVER

Fever is RARE with cold.

Fever is COMMON with seasonal flu.

Fever is usually present with H1N1 in up to 80% of all flu cases. A temperature of 101.

COUGHING

A hacking, PRODUCTIVE (mucus producing) cough is often present with cold.

A dry hacking cough is often present with the seasonal flu.

A NON-Productive (non-mucus producing)cough is usually present with H1N1 (sometimes referred to as dry cough)

ACHES

SLIGHT body aches and pains can be part of a cold.

Moderate body aches are common with the seasonal flu.

SEVERE aches and pains are common with H1N1

STUFFY NOSE

Stuffy nose is commonly PRESENT with a cold and typically resolves spontaneously within a week.

A runny nose is commonly PRESENT with the seasonal flu.

Stuffy nose is NOT commonly present with H1N1.

CHILLS

Chills are UNCOMMON with a cold.

Chills are MILD TO MODERATE with the seasonal flu.

60% of people who have H1N1 experience CHILLS.

TIREDNESS

Tiredness is fairly MILD with a cold.

Tiredness is MODERATE and more likely referred to as a LACK OF ENERGY with seasonal flu.

Tiredness is MODERATE to SEVERE with H1N1.

SNEEZING

Sneezing is commonly present with a cold.

Sneezing is commonly PRESENT with the seasonal flu.

Sneezing is not common with H1N1.

SUDDEN

SYMPTOMS

Cold symptoms tend to develop over A FEW DAYS.

Symptoms tend to develop over a FEW DAYS and include flushed face, loss of appetite, dizziness and/or vomiting/nausea. Symptoms usually last 4-7 days, depending on the individual. Diarrhea is common.

H1N1 has RAPID ONSET within 3-6 hours.H1N1 hits hard and includes sudden symptoms like high fever, aches and pains. Symptoms usually last 4-7 days, depending on the individual. Diarrhea is common.

HEADACHE

A headache is fairly UNCOMMON with the seasonal flu.

A headache is fairly COMMON with the seasonal flu.

A headache is VERY COMMON with H1N1 and present in 80% of cases.

SORE THROAT

Sore throat is commonly PRESENT with a cold.

Sore throat is commonly PRESENT with the seasonal flu.

Sore throat is NOT commonly present with H1N1.

CHEST DISCOMFORT

Chest discomfort is MILD to MODERATE with a cold.

Chest discomfort is MODERATE with the seasonal flu. (IF IT TURNS SEVERE SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION IMMEDIATELY!)

Chest discomfort is often SEVERE with H1N1