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Cold, Flu, & Cough Health Center

Features Related to Cold & Flu

  1. Flu Vaccines and Kids

    Every fall, millions of U.S. children get flu vaccinations at their pediatricians' offices. The CDC recommends an annual flu vaccine for all Americans who are at least 6 months old. You may have questions about the vaccination. Why can't last year's flu shot protect your child this year? Do you need

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  2. Cough Medicine: Should You or Shouldn’t You?

    Coughs send more people to the doctor's office than any other specific symptom. And Americans spend billions of dollars every year on over-the-counter medications like suppressants and expectorants to treat them. Clearly we're concerned about our coughs. Clearly lots of us rely on medications to tre

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  3. Natural Cold Remedies: What to Know

    Finding a cure for the common cold has proved harder than paddling across the Pacific in a rowboat. Experts say that's because colds can be caused by more than 200 different viruses. There may be no sure way to stop one in its tracks, but some things may work better than others to make you feel bett

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  4. Myths vs. Facts About Your Immune System

    Your immune system is your friend. It protects your body from infection. Give it your full support and, as with any friend, there will be perks. Here’s how it works: Your immune system creates, stores, and distributes the white blood cells that fight bacteria and viruses that enter your body, especi

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  5. Soothe Dry Skin When You Have a Cold

    Sniffling and sneezing isn't the only thing that comes with a cold. It also makes your skin dry. Give it some TLC to so you can look your best while you get the rest of your symptoms under control. Long, hot showers can help clear your stuffed-up head, but they dry your skin. So keep them short -- n

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  6. Natural Ways to Kick a Cold

    Trying to get over a cold? There are lots of things you can do to ease the symptoms as you get better. Here some easy ones. When a cold strikes, chicken soup and hot tea can ease your symptoms. The reason: heat. As the warmth moves down your throat toward your stomach, it helps loosen mucus, making

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  7. Don’t Let a Cold Get You Down

    We’re more than a decade into the 21st century, and scientists are no closer to that most elusive goal: a cure for the common cold. If anything, cold viruses seem more formidable than ever. Until recently, researchers thought there were about 100 varieties of rhinoviruses, the most common cause of t

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  8. How to Take Care of Your Kid if He's Got the Flu

    When your child is achy and feverish with the flu, some simple home remedies can make him feel more comfortable. You'll be surprised what a little TLC and common sense can do. You can't just wave a magic wand, but some old-fashioned methods can bring lots of relief: Cold compresses. Put them on his

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  9. 5 Ways to Stop Colds From Spreading in Your Family

    When you've got a family, even a run-of-the-mill cold can be a lot of trouble. As it spreads from one person to the next in your family, that one crummy cold virus can disrupt your lives for weeks -- causing missed school, missed work, sleepless nights, and frayed tempers. So when your child -- or y

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  10. Could Your Child Have an Ear Infection?

    Even newbie parents can spot diaper rash or a runny nose with no problem, but ear infections may come with only a whisper of symptoms. Yet three-quarters of children will get one by age 3. "An ear infection happens when you get infected fluid or pus behind the eardrum," says Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP.

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