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  1. Frequently Asked Questions About Bird Flu

    Should you be concerned about a particularly bad strain of bird flu - H5N1? WebMD went to public health experts to get answers to your questions about how it is spread, its symptoms, and how to prevent it.

  2. Frequently Asked Questions About the Common Cold

    What causes the common cold? Why isn't there a vaccine to prevent it? Can a chill cause a cold? WebMD answers frequently asked questions about the common cold.

  3. Coughs, Age 12 and Older - Prevention

    There is no sure way to prevent a cough. To help reduce your risk, wash your hands frequently during the cold and flu season.

  4. Coughs, Age 12 and Older - Topic Overview

    Coughing is the body's way of removing foreign material or mucus from the lungs and upper airway passages -- or reacting to an irritated airway.

  5. Coughs, Age 12 and Older - Home Treatment

    Information on home treatment of coughing.

  6. Coughs, Age 12 and Older - Preparing For Your Appointment

    A list of questions that will help your health care professional diagnose and treat Coughs.

  7. Swine Flu and Pregnancy

    If you're pregnant, be proactive about swine flu. Take action to help prevent it and guard against serious problems for you and your baby.

  8. Influenza (Seasonal Flu) - Topic Overview

    Influenza (flu) is an illness caused by a virus that comes on suddenly, and causes symptoms such as fever, body aches, headache, fatigue, loss of appetite, a dry cough, and a sore or dry throat.

  9. Influenza (Seasonal Flu) - Treatment Overview

    In most healthy people, influenza will go away in 7 to 10 days. The worst symptoms usually last 3 to 4 days. Home treatment to ease symptoms and prevent complications is usually all that is needed. Antiviral medications can be taken to: Reduce the severit

  10. Influenza (Seasonal Flu) - Prevention

    Learn about ways to prevent catching the flu (influenza).

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