There are distinct differences between the symptoms of the common cold and influenza.
Symptoms of the flu include an abrupt and sudden onset of fever, aches, chills, fatigue/weakness, headache and, in some cases, vomiting. The flu typically lasts anywhere from one to two weeks. Vaccines greatly decrease your likelihood of contracting the flu and the CDC recommends that everyone over age 6 months get a flu shot if at all possible.
Symptoms of the common cold usually have more of a gradual onset and are more mild. Those who have contracted a cold usually experience sneezing, congestion, and a sore throat. Patriot Urgent Care provides treatment for both the common cold and the flu.