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Is it the flu or just a cold? Knowing the difference can help you decide when to stay home and when to see a doctor. Illustration by Troy Becker / The Forum

Colds and flu 101: Cutting through the mystery can help ease your misery

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Is it the flu or just a cold? Knowing the difference can help you decide when to stay home and when to see a doctor. Illustration by Troy Becker / The Forum

Receiving a flu shot

You might call it the bus test.

For those who have trouble distinguishing the misery of a cold from the misery of the flu, Dr. Dan Dahl offers a few words of help.

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