Is it a Cold or the Flu?- Dean - WI

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Is it a Cold or the Flu?

Fever Rare Characteristic, high
(102-104°F) & lasts 3-4 days
Headache Rare Prominent
General Aches, Pains Slight Usual, often severe
Fatigue, Weakness Quite Mild Can last up to 2-3 weeks
Extreme Exhaustion Never Early and prominent
Stuffy Nose Common Sometimes
Sneezing Usual Sometimes
Sore Throat Common Sometimes
Chest Discomfort Mild to moderate,
hacking cough
Common; can become severe
COMPLICATIONS Sinus congestion or
Bronchitis; pneumonia;
can be life-threatening
PREVENTION None Annual vaccination; antiviral
medicines-see your doctor
TREATMENT Temporary relief of
symptoms with over-
the-counter medicines
Antiviral medicines-see
your doctor
Source: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease

Concerned That You May Have the Flu?

Call our 24-hour free service, Dean on Call, at (800) 576-8773 (800-57-NURSE) to speak to a nurse. Dean on Call will help you decide the best course of action.

Flu Hotline

Local: (608) 250-1383
Toll free: (877) 277-3326

Dean Health Plan Members

Get a FREE flu vaccination or get reimbursed

You can receive a flu vaccination at no charge when received from your primary care provider. Just call your primary care clinic for an appointment.

You can also get a flu vaccination from a pharmacy, retail location or an out-of-network providder and get reimbursed up to $33 per vaccination in your family. Send us your receipt along with this Flu Vaccination Reimbursement Form 

Frequently Asked Questions

Related Health Resources 

If you have general flu-related questions, you can:

Contact the United Way Wisconsin Hotline by dialing 211 on your phone. 


Visit the Web resources listed on the Flu Resources page.

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