Although they may have similar symptoms, the flu and the common cold are caused by different viruses. Because both of these respiratory conditions can be difficult to diagnose with symptoms alone, your doctor may order tests to confirm a flu diagnosis. In either case, because they’re caused by viral infections rather than bacterial ones, antibiotics will not help.
So how do you know if you or a loved one has a cold or the flu? In general, the flu is more severe than the common cold and poses a greater risk of complications, including pneumonia, bacterial infection or hospitalization. A cold is typically less severe and is accompanied by a runny or stuffy nose.
Want to learn more? Take this quiz to find out if you’re suffering from the cold or flu and what next steps you should take in care or treatment.
Urgent Care at Washington Hospital
If you or your loved one is having a medical emergency, call 911. If cold or flu symptoms are severe enough that you need to seek medical attention, please visit your closest Urgent Care facility.
At Washington Hospital, our urgent care services are tailored to meet the immediate healthcare needs of you and your family. With shorter wait times and lower cost than typical Emergency Care, it’s equipped to handle minor emergencies and illnesses from sprains and fractures to cold and flu.
Washington Hospital Urgent Care
2500 Mowry Ave., suite 212
Washington West Building, 2nd Floor
Fremont, CA 94538
Open daily, 8am to 8pm
Some appointments available; walk-ins are welcome.
For more information, call (510) 791-2273 or visit the Washington Hospital website.