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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Know the difference between a cold and H1N1

Please visit my friend Kris at Hands, House, and Heart Full for more important tips and info.
Know the Difference between a Cold and H1N1 Flu Symptoms

Fever is rare with a cold.
Fever is usually present with the flu in up to 80% of all flu cases.
A temperature of 100°F or higher for 3 to 4 days is associated with the H1N1 flu.

A hacking, productive (mucus- producing) cough is often present with a cold.
A non-productive (non-mucus producing) cough is usually present with the H1N1 flu (sometimes referred to as dry cough).

Slight body aches and pains can be part of a cold.
Severe aches and pains are common with the H1N1 flu.

Stuffy Nose

Stuffy nose is commonly present with a cold and typically resolves spontaneously within a week.
Stuffy nose is not commonly present with the H1N1 flu.


Chills are uncommon with a cold.
60% of people who have the H1N1 flu experience chills.


Tiredness is fairly mild with a cold.
Tiredness is moderate to severe with the H1N1 flu.


Sneezing is commonly present with a cold.
Sneezing is not common with the H1N1 flu.

Sudden Symptoms

Cold symptoms tend to develop over a few days.
The H1N1 flu has a rapid onset within 3-6 hours. The flu hits hard and includes sudden symptoms like high fever, aches and pains.


A headache is fairly uncommon with a cold.
A headache is very common with the H1N1 flu, present in 80% of flu cases.

Sore Throat

Sore throat is commonly present with a cold.
Sore throat is not commonly present with the H1N1 flu.

Chest Discomfort
Chest discomfort is mild to moderate with a cold.
Chest discomfort is often severe with the H1N1 flu.


Please stay healthy! Anne


Lynn said...

Thanks for the reminder of what to look for between colds and flu. The flu symptoms you described are exactly what I had the last week of 1999. It took about 3 weeks to get back to feeling normal. I've gotten a flu shot every year since. lol

Kris said...

Ooooh. Awesomeness! If you'd like to link up I have it up now lol...I'm such a goofball forgetful person sometimes!

Dory and the Mama said...

Thanks so much for the info Anne!!

AL said...

Yes Anne, we have some cases of AH1N1 here and it has been controlled somehow although there are more cases coming. You can't really tell the difference between an ordinary flu and swine flu. The best thing to do is to wash hands frequently, singing the Happy Birthday song twice while washing is enough to wash away germs from us. That's all I can say.


SquirrelQueen said...

Good information Anne, it is good to know the difference. Thanks for sharing this with us.

And stay healthy,

Tes said...

Thanks, Anne. Good information am printing a copy to post in my room and share with the parents of my kindergarten students. Little kids are vulnerable!

Dr. Fluggenstein said...

Good on ya for posting that! I'm over here sniffling my nose off and I'm glad to learn I'm not going to die! Lol.

Betty Manousos:cutand-dry.blogspot.com said...

Hi Anne thanks for your good info.
I feel that tiredness without any other symptom.
Have a lovely time!
hugs hugs

Anonymous said...

This is great that you addressed this issue, especially because some people are prone to panic. Just as a warning: I just got the H1N1 vaccine yesterday, and it does not hurt getting it, but after an hour or two it KILLS! I could not even sleep on the arm that got the flu shot. So just a tip try and get the vaccine on the non dominant arm. Just started following your blog, I enjoy it so much!!

LoveMy2Dogs said...

Well, I guess I am screwed up because I have:

No Fever ~ Cold
Mucus cough ~ Cold
Dry cough ~ Flu
Slight body aches ~ Cold
No Stuff nose ~ Flu
No Chills ~ Cold
Very Tired ~ Flu
No Sneezing ~ Flu
Not Sudden ~ Cold
Bad Headache ~ Flu
No Sore Throat ~ Flu
Mild Chest Discomfort ~ Cold

That makes me half and half. lol

Lucy postpartumillness.com said...

Greaat post. Just wanted to add vomiting. My son had flu last week and it started with him suddenly throwing up at school. He was fine when he left and then wham he was throwing up and spiked a fever a few hours later. It hit very fast like you said.

Honeygo Beasley said...

Helpful information and very timely. I saw a chart with similar information at my doctor's office recently, where, incidentally, they also took away all of the communal magazines that are usually there for everyone to read while waiting for their appointment.

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