It is said that the average child suffers from the common cold ten times a year. If that child is in school, they will suffer from a cold on average twelve times a year. Adults will only contract a cold about twice a year, however, women are said to be sick more often due to their closeness to children.
Symptoms Cold Flu
Fever  rare in adults and older children, but can be as high as 102° F in infants and small children usually 102° F, but can go up to 104° F and usually lasts three to four days
Headache  rare sudden onset and can be severe
Muscle aches  mild usual, and often severe
Tiredness and Weakness  mild often extreme, and can last two or more weeks
Extreme exhaustion  never sudden onset and can be severe
Runny nose  often sometimes
Sneezing  often sometimes
Sore throat  often sometimes
Cough  mild hacking cough usual, and can become severe

The symptoms of the common cold and the flu virus are very similar. Above you will see a symptom chart.
Both Viruses require that you get plenty of rest and that you drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration. The key factors to not spreading either virus would be as follows:
1. Stay Home
2. Cover your mouth when coughing and sneezing
3. Wash your hands often
 Flu shots are available at a minimal cost and are sometimes covered by insurance. Click here to find a Flu Shot Clinic near you.