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Swine Flu: A Guide for Parents

Is it Allergies, the Flu, or a Cold?

Here's how to tell.

Cold Symptoms
• Runny or stuffy nose
• Muscle aches (slight)
• Cough
• Fever (occasional, and mild)
• Sore throat
• Sneezing
• Chest congestion (mild to moderate)

Flu Symptoms
• Runny or stuffy nose
• Muscle aches (often severe)
• Cough (can become severe)
• Fever (usually high)
• Sore throat
• Chills
• Chest congestion (can become severe)
• Extreme tiredness (especially at the beginning of the illness)
• Headache
• Diarrhea and vomiting
(especially in kids)

Allergy Symptoms
• Runny or stuffy nose
• Coughing
• Itchy throat
• Sneezing
• Headache
• Hives
• Itchy, bloodshot or dry eyes

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