Algoma Public Health
Influenza (commonly known as "the flu") is a serious, acute respiratory illness that is caused by a virus. People who get influenza may have a fever, chills, cough, runny eyes, stuffy nose, sore throat, headache, muscle aches, extreme weakness and fatigue. The cough and fatigue can persist for several weeks, making the return to full personal and work activities difficult.
People of any age can get the flu. Illness due to influenza usually lasts two to seven days; sometimes longer in the elderly and in people with chronic diseases. Most people who get influenza are ill for only a few days. However, some people can become very ill, possibly developing complications and requiring hospitalization.
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Influenza : Is it a Cold or the Flu?
You're not feeling well. Your nose is running and you're sneezing. Your whole body aches- it must be a cold, right? On second thought, you also have a fever and a sore throat. Maybe it's the flu. The common cold and influenza (flu) symptoms are often very similar. Check the chart below to help you determine if your symptoms are a simple cold, or the flu.
|Fever||Rare||Usual; high fever (102* F/39 * C - 104 * F, 40 * C), sudden onset, lasts 3 to 4 days. Note: the elderly and people who are immunocompromised may not develop a fever.|
|Headache||Rare||Usual; can be sudden|
|Muscle aches and pain||Sometimes; generally mild||Usual; often severe|
|Tiredness and Weakness||Sometimes; generally mild||Usual; early onset, can be severe|
|Extreme tiredness||Unusual||Usual; early onset, can be severe|
|Runny, stuffy nose||Common||Common|
|Chest discomfort, coughing||Sometimes, mild to moderate||Common; can be moderate to severe. Cough may last for weeks|
|Complications||Can lead to sinus congestion or infection, and ear aches.||Can lead to pneumonia and respiratory failure, and become life-threatening. Can worsen a chronic condition|
Date of Creation: June 1, 2015
Last Modified: June 1, 2015