Cold & Flu Season

Cold and flu season seems to always be around the corner. It’s not always easy to tell the difference between a cold and the flu, but here are some general symptoms that may help differentiate between them:

Flu Symptoms

  • Chills
  • Decreased Appetite
  • Dry Cough
  • Headache
  • High Fever
  • Muscle Aches
  • Severe Exhaustion
  • Sudden Onset
  • Usually no sore throat

Cold Symptoms

  • Mild Exhaustion
  • No (or mild) Fever
  • Normal Appetite
  • Severe or Hacking Cough
  • Slow Onset
  • Sore Throat
  • Usually no chills
  • Usually no headache
  • Usually no muscle aches
Important note: Symptoms vary from child to child, so call your child’s healthcare provider if you suspect the flu. (Source: