What’s the Difference Between a Cold and the Flu?

Influenza and the common cold share some symptoms in common, but influenza tends to come on more suddenly, last longer and is more severe. There is also a higher risk of complications, such as pneumonia, and influenza can make other health problems, such as asthma, worse.

Flu Symptoms vs. Cold Symptoms:

What can be done to prevent getting a cold or the flu?

  • Rest: try to get 8 hours of sleep on a regular basis
  • Physical activity: aim for an average of 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week
  • Drink water: try to drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of water daily
  • Nutrition: eat a healthy, well-balanced diet with lots of vegetables
  • Hand washing: proper technique keeps germs away
  • Annual flu shot: talk to your Value Drug Mart or Apple Drugs Pharmacist today!