Methodist Healthcare
January 19, 2018

Flu cases have reached an all time high, but it can be difficult to distinguish if your symptoms are the flu or a cold.

Common Myths

In order to pinpoint what you might have, it is important to understand common myths about having the flu and a cold:

Myth - Cold and flu symptoms last for the same amount of time

Cold symptoms can last between 7-10 days, while flu like symptom can last up to several weeks.

Myth - Getting a flu shot will give you the flu

A common misconception is getting the flu due getting the flu shot. In fact, the flu shot contains inactivated virus or no virus at all.

Myth - The flu can be treated the same way as a cold

A cold cannot be treated with antibiotics or prescriptions but can be treated with over the counter drugs, like Mucinex or coughs drops, and by using a humidifier at night. The flu can be treated with Tamiflu, staying hydrated and getting plenty of rest.

Children, elderly, pregnant women and individuals with long-term medical conditions are at greater risk of flu-related symptoms. Consult with your doctor for further information about how you can prevent getting sick this winter.

Learn more about how to identify your symptoms:


  • Sneezing
  • Cough
  • Sore Throat
  • Runny Nose


  • Fatigue
  • Intense Headache
  • Fever
  • Muscle Pain