Jan 08, 2015 6:00 AM

Author: Office of Public Affairs


Often lumped together because they have similar symptoms, colds and the flu have several differences. “In general, the flu comes on suddenly and symptoms are more severe, especially body aches. Colds tend to begin with one or two symptoms—most often a sore throat—then gradual onset of nasal congestion and cough,” says Matt Nimer, a physician assistant specializing in family medicine at University of Utah Health. 

This infographic compares symptoms and explains why it helps to know the difference.

Prevent Illness from Spreading  

Both the cold and flu are contagious before and after symptoms appear, so do your part to keep illness from spreading. Here are 10 ways to protect yourself and your family from illness this season. 

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