A hacking cough, a throbbing head, a sore throat, and a nose so stuffed it feels as if you'll never breathe free and clear again. You've got a cold -- or maybe even the flu -- and all you want to do is crawl in bed and sleep.
Until you get there. That's when you realize your symptoms are turning any chance for a solid night's rest into the impossible dream.
"It's true that many cold and flu symptoms seem to get worse at night, and they can interfere with sleep just at the critical time when your...
The CDC says people with heart disease should get the flu vaccine as soon as it becomes available each year. That way your body has time to build up enough antibody defenses before the flu season kicks into high gear. It can begin as early as October and last as late as May.
It's best to get vaccinated before December, but you can still do it later, if needed. The shot usually starts to protect you about 2 weeks after you get it.
A pneumonia vaccine usually only needs to be taken once. You may need a booster, though, if you got it before age 65 or you have certain medical conditions.