CBS News: Is it a Cold or the Flu?

(U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Kenna Jackson)

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CBS News Clip: Even though the terms “cold” and “flu” are often used interchangeably, they are quite different. Colds occur more gradually and include a sore throat, sneezing, and a cough, while the flu comes on quickly and includes fever, body aches, and fatigue. In other words generally colds are from the neck up and flu affects the whole body. It is important to distinguish between the two because the flu causes about 24,000 deaths per year and more than 200,000 hospitalizations. Watch the video here to learn more.

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