Knowing the difference between a cold and the flu

Chart comparing cold and flu symptoms

Your child wakes up with sniffles, a cough, and fever. Which is it, a cold or the flu? Getting to the bottom of that question is more important than you think.

When to see a doctor with flu symptoms

Because the flu can become much more serious, it’s wise to get checked out if you are having symptoms that lean toward the flu. It’s important to know the difference, because influenza can cause serious complications, especially for young children, people over 65, and pregnant women.

If you feel weak, have difficulty breathing, or run a high fever, you should see a health care provider. And if you’re unsure whether an illness requires a visit to your provider, it’s best to err on the side of caution.

A care service like UI QuickCare makes it easy to see a provider with no appointment necessary. While there’s no match for seeing your own primary care provider when you’re sick, you may find it convenient to use an on demand care service.

Last reviewed: 
February 2018

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