Cold symptoms are milder than flu and include a runny and stuffy nose, sneezing and a sore throat. Flu symptoms are more severe and include a fever, cough and body aches. Getting vaccinated yearly can help you from getting sick and protect those around you from getting sick. In addition, you can prevent flu by washing your hands with soap and water and staying away from people that you know are sick. Although there is no cure for colds and flu, the symptoms can be controlled with over the counter medications, and occasional antiviral drugs in severe flu infections.