“Everyone always thinks they have ‘flu. It sounds more important. One gets more sympathy. The trouble with a catarrhal cold is that it is hard to glean the proper amount of sympathetic consideration from one’s friends.”
– Hercule Poirot, speaking in Agatha Christie’s Hallowe’en Party.
Influenza is caused by a virus. It hurts and gives you a high fever. You will feel very ill for a few days, may be weak enough to need three weeks off work, and could end up with depression afterwards. Flu can, if you’re very unlucky, kill.
A cold, even if you’re very unlucky, is a cold.
So drink water, eat to your appetite, be hygienic with your snotty tissues and enjoy your colds. ;0)