Is it the Flu or a Cold? Nurse Response Health Experts Help You Decide

With the increase of flu cases across the country, the health professionals at Nurse Response have compiled tips to help consumers decide if their symptoms are more likely from a cold or from the flu
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ST. LOUIS - Jan. 10, 2014 - PRLog -- With a widespread increase of flu cases in more than 25 states, the health professionals at Nurse Response have compiled a list to help consumers decide if their symptoms are more likely from a cold or from the flu. As a national provider of multilingual nurse triage and health education, Nurse Response takes hundreds of calls every day from concerned individuals and parents in need of general health care guidance, as well how they and their loved ones can survive peak cold and flu season in good health.

Is it the Flu or a Cold?


Symptoms come on gradually

Sore throat

Runny nose

Fever usually lower than a temperature of 100.3° F




Watery eyes

Irritability and discomfort

Some pain when coughing

Symptoms that last three to seven days

Symptoms that are mild and moderately uncomfortable

Symptoms that gradually fade away and do not return.


Symptoms come on rapidly

Sore throat

Loss of appetite

Difficulty swallowing

Nasal discharge

Fever usually higher than a temperature of 100.4° F

Severe headache/migraines

Non-productive cough


Eye Pressure

Disorientation and listlessness, combined with difficulty moving

Constant severe back and body pain

Symptoms that last more than 10 days

Symptoms that are severe or persistent.

Symptoms that linger and escalate over a period of time

The chart above is to serve only as a guideline. If you feel unwell, you should speak to a medical professional. Check with your health insurance provider to see if they offer a nurse advice line. Most nurse advice lines are 24/7 and offer you access to a medical professional pjzyg at any time it is convenient for you – right from your own home.

About Nurse Response

Nurse Response is a wholly owned subsidiary of Centene Corporation that is in the business of providing multilingual telehealth services. We partner with health plans, hospitals, providers, colleges and universities, and other specialty organizations to ensure all callers have access to high quality, appropriate care. Our services are designed to encourage callers to become active participants in their healthcare, engaging in activities that promote appropriate utilization of care resources as well as better health outcomes for individuals and their families. We have provided uninterrupted service every day since 1995. Nurse Response experienced Customer Care Professionals and Registered Nurses at our call centers across the country provide Care.Right.Now. through delivery of health information, education, and advice in a culturally and linguistically sensitive manner. For more information, please visit our website or contact us today at

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