It’s winter, which means the dreaded cold and flu season is upon us. While their symptoms are hard to differentiate, influenza can be much more dangerous than the common cold. Between October 1, 2017 and January 6, 2018, a total of 6,486 flu-related hospitalizations were reported in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Knowing which ailment you actually have is an important step in knowing how to treat it and prevent it, for you and the people in your life. To help identify whether you are suffering from the common cold or this season’s flu, as well as tips on prevention, follow this link.