Have the sniffles? Yes. Does your head hurt? Yes. Coughing? Yes. Could you have influenza? Yes. How do you know the difference? With these symptoms, you could also have a cold.

In the US right now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that flu season is nearing its peak with case reports at elevated levels across the country. Five children died of influenza in just the one week between January 29 and February 4, 2017, with 20 pediatric deaths reported since October 2, 2016.

Besides a similarity of a number of symptoms, colds and the flu are both caused by viruses. Also… more

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