Flu and cold are both caused by viruses, but completely different ones. There are many viruses that can cause a cold, but only a few that can cause a flu. Cold symptoms are not sudden and develop over a few days. The flu has a rapid onset within 3-6 hours. The flu hits hard and includes sudden symptoms like high fever, aches and pains.
Sneezing is commonly present with a cold and rare with a flu
Uncommon with a cold, but present in 80% of flu cases