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Is it a cold, or is it the flu?

How to tell if you're battling a cold or a flu this winter.

Your nose is stuffy, your throat is scratchy and your head is pounding. Is it a cold or the seasonal flu?

Symptoms can overlap, so unless you see your doctor for a test, it’s hard to know for sure. Here are some basic guidelines for telling the difference between cold and flu symptoms.

Not sure if you have the seasonal flu or a cold? Check out the differences above.

Below are some additional tips to help prevent the spread of influenza.

  • Wash hands regularly.
  • Keep your hands away from your face.
  • Cough and sneeze into your shirt sleeve rather than your hands.
  • Get an influenza vaccine or wear a mask during flu season.
  • Promptly dispose of used tissues in the waste basket or garbage.
  • Stay home when you’re sick.
  • Keep common surface areas such as doorknobs, light switches, and keyboards clean and disinfected.
  • Eat healthy foods and stay physically active to keep your immune system strong.

Here’s to staying healthy and cold/flu-free this winter!

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