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Call your doctor if you have these cold and flu symptoms:

In Children:

  • High fever (above 103 F), or a fever that lasts for more than 3 days
  • Symptoms that last for more than 10 days
  • Trouble breathing, fast breathing or wheezing
  • Bluish skin color
  • Earache or drainage from the ear
  • Changes in mental state (such as not waking up, irritability or seizures)
  • Flu-like symptoms that improve, but return with a fever and a worse cough
  • Worsening of a chronic medical condition (such as diabetes or heart disease)
  • Vomiting or abdominal pain

In adults:

  • A high, prolonged fever (above 102 F) with fatigue and body aches
  • Symptoms that last for more than 10 days or get worse instead of better
  • Trouble breathing or shortness of breath
  • Pain or pressure in the chest
  • Fainting or feeling like you are about to faint
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Severe sinus pain in your face or forehead
  • Very swollen glands in the neck or jaw

Taken from:

Signs and Symptoms



Onset Sudden Gradual
Fever Common; lasting 3-4 days Rare
Cough Dry; can become severe Hacking: mild
Headache Prominent Rare
Muscle/joint aches, pain Usual; often severe Slight
Fatigue and weakness Can last up to 2 weeks Very mild
Extreme exhaustion Early and prominent Never
Chest discomfort Common Mild/Moderate
Stuffy nose Sometimes Common
Sneezing Sometimes Usually
Sore throat Sometimes Common