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The 2014 Farmers Almanac
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Name that Virus!

Name that Virus!

You wake up one morning and just don’t feel like yourself; you’re tired, achy, feverish … Is it swine flu? Is it seasonal flu? Is it just a cold? How can you tell? This handy chart will help you understand the differences between a few common illnesses.

Symptom Cold Seasonal Flu
H1N1
Fever Rare Up to 102° common 101° or higher very common
Chest Congestion Mild to moderate Moderate Severe
Cough Productive cough common Dry cough common Dry cough common
Nasal Congestion Common Common Common
Sneezing Common Common Rare
Sore Throat Common Common Rare
Chills Rare Common Common
Fatigue Mild Moderate Moderate
Body Aches Mild Moderate Severe
Nausea/Diarrhea/Vomiting Rare Common Common
Headache Uncommon Common Common
Onset Slow – symptoms develop over a few days Slow – symptoms develop over a few days Rapid – Symptoms develop within a few hours

Information courtesy of The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. For more information about the flu, visit www.flu.gov.

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