NJ Department of Health


Is it a cold or the flu

Many people think that the flu is just a “bad cold.” The truth is that the flu is a disease of the lungs and can have serious complications. For most of us, the common cold is nothing more than a bothersome ailment. The flu has much more severe symptoms that prevent us from carrying on with our daily activities.

The following chart shows the difference between colds and flu

Is it a Cold or the Flu? (Color Printable version) [English, Español]

Cold or Flu

Last Reviewed: 5/2/2016