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Cold or flu? (infographic)

How can you tell if you have a cold or the flu? Explore this infographic to compare their symptoms, debunk the most common myths and learn more about the flu vaccine.

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Learn more about the different types of colds and flu viruses and the medicines that might help relieve cold and flu symptoms.

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Last reviewed: June 2016

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Cold and flu

The common cold is not the same as flu (influenza). Find out more about cold and flu, including symptoms, treatment and prevention.

Read more on WA Health website

Teen Health - Health Topics - Influenza - the flu

Many people are unsure whether they have a cold or influenza (the flu). The flu is quite different to a cold. It lasts longer and people are usually much more unwell with it. The flu is caused by a few slightly different types of influenza viruses, while colds are caused by many different viruses.

Read more on Women's and Children's Health Network website

Flu (influenza)

Flu (influenza) is a common, highly contagious virus that affects your respiratory system. It is not the same as the common cold.

Read more on WA Health website

Parenting and Child Health - Health Topics - Influenza

Many people are unsure whether they have a cold or influenza (the flu). The flu is quite different to a cold. It lasts longer and people are usually much more unwell with it. The flu is caused by a few slightly different types of influenza viruses, while colds are caused by many different viruses.

Read more on Women's and Children's Health Network website

Flu (influenza) - Better Health Channel

Influenza (the flu) is caused by a virus. The flu is more than just a bad cold and can occasionally lead to serious complications, including death. Specific antiviral medication is available.

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Colds and flu in babies and children

Here is information on the causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatments of coughs, colds and flu in children and babies and when to seek medical advice.

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Cold and flu during pregnancy

When you are pregnant you need to be careful how you treat cold or flu as it can effect your unborn baby and if you are considering pregnancy or are already pregnant, it is recommended that you have the flu vaccination to help protect you and your baby.

Read more on Pregnancy, Birth & Baby website

Influenza

Influenza is an infection caused by a virus. It is spread from person to person by tiny drops produced during a cough or sneeze and by hand to hand contact. While we often call it the “flu”, the common cold is rarely due to the influenza virus. True influenza causes a much more severe illness than the usual cold.

Read more on Lung Foundation Australia website

Demazin Cold and Flu Tablets - myDr.com.au

Demazin Cold and Flu Tablets - Consumer Medicines Information leaflets of prescription and over-the-counter medicines

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Nurofen Cold and Flu Tablets - myDr.com.au

Nurofen Cold and Flu Tablets - Consumer Medicines Information leaflets of prescription and over-the-counter medicines

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