It is pretty miserable to experience the flu. Symptoms come on rapidly and most commonly consists of fever, chills, malaise, and body aches. I wrote a previous post comparing and contrasting the common cold to allergies. Web MD has a nice chart comparing the common cold to the flu. I've included it here:
(100-102 degrees F); lasts three to four days
|General Aches, Pains||Slight||Usual; often severe|
|Fatigue, Weakness||Quite mild||Can last up to two to three weeks|
|Extreme Exhaustion||Never||Early and prominent|
|Mild to moderate;|
|Common; can become severe|
can be life-threatening
|Good hygiene||Annual flu shot or FluMist|
relief of symptoms
|Antiviral drugs (Tamiflu or|
or Relenza) within 24-48 hours
Since the flu is contagious about 1 day before and 5-7 days after symptoms start, we are watching our kids carefully. It may be tricky to determine whether or not a child has body aches. Plus with kids, they can also have nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
Now colds usually lasts 2-3 days... maybe 1 week at most. The flu can last 1-2 weeks... sometimes longer. Boy, I sure hope husband feels better soon. The house is just not the same without a functioning daddy!