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  1. Influenza (Seasonal Flu) - Cause

    The influenza virus causes the classic flu. Health professionals classify the virus as influenza type A and type B, each of which includes several subtypes or strains.

  2. Influenza (Seasonal Flu) - Home Treatment

    If you have influenza, you can expect the illness to go away on its own in about 7 to 10 days. In the meantime, you can take steps to feel better.

  3. Influenza (Seasonal Flu) - Prevention

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

  4. Influenza (Seasonal Flu) - What Increases Your Risk

    Anyone exposed to an influenza (flu) virus can become infected. These viruses are contagious and spread easily among people in groups, such as in nursing homes, hospitals, shelters, schools, and day cares.

  5. Influenza (Seasonal Flu) - Health Tools

    Health tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health. Decision Points focus on key medical care decisions that are important to many health problems. Should I get a flu shot? Should I take antiviral medicine for the flu? ...

  6. Influenza (Seasonal Flu) - Medications

    Information on drugs used to treat flu (influenza).

  7. Cold and Flu FAQ: How to Soothe Your Child

    Does your child have a cold or the flu? Get answers to frequently asked questions.

  8. Understanding the Flu: How Do I Know if I Have It?

    Learn more from WebMD about flu symptoms and a variety of flu treatments, including over-the-counter medicine, antivirals, alternative medicine, herbs, dietary supplements and acupuncture.

  9. Understanding Bird Flu

    Learn more from WebMD about avian flu, also known as bird flu, and why it has scientists concerned.

  10. Is Your Earache Just a Cold or an Ear Infection?

    WebMD explains the difference between earaches caused by a cold and those caused by an ear infection.

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