Cold vs Flu

Oh no! Your body hurts, your throat is sore, and you are very cold. Is it a cold or the flu? Know the difference between the cold or the flu so you can get the care you need and feel better soon. 

Flu symptoms:

  • Symptoms hit quickly and last longer than a week
  • Fever and chills
  • Head and body aches
  • Dry cough
  • Decrease in appetite
  • Congestion
  • Fatigue

Common Cold symptoms:

  • Symptoms show gradually and last around a week
  • Runny nose
  • Cough
  • Normal appetite
  • Sore throat 
  • Usually no fatigue



In most cases, cold symptoms are safe to treat at home. However, if your symptoms worsen, or you think you may have the flu, visit one of our Med First locations immediately. At your visit, we are able to test you for the flu, with results in only a few minutes. Should you have a positive flu test, we can prescribe you the medication you need to lessen the effects and duration of the flu, so request your appointment online today! We also welcome walk-ins.

Med First makes it easy to get care. Find your nearest Med First Primary and Urgent Care or request your appointment online.

Haven’t gotten your flu shot yet? Call or walk-in to any of our Med First locations, and we will be sure to get you taken care of!