Each year, between 5% and 20% of Americans get the flu and miss a staggering 70 million work days as a result. The indirect costs? Between $3 billion to $12 billion a year.
Both the flu shot and the nasal flu vaccine work really well to keep you from getting ill. But they aren’t 100% effective. You can still get sick even if you get vaccinated, although it's usually less severe and goes away more quickly.
When your little one is sick with a cold, you may wonder if it's OK to give him over-the-counter medicine. Follow these guidelines to make safe choices.
The first thing to think about: How old is your child? Cough and cold medicines should not be used by kids under 4. So if he's that young, don't give him:
Evidence suggests these cold medicines don't really help, and they have a small risk of serious side effects...