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Cold, Flu, & Cough Health Center

Medical Reference Related to Cold & Flu

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

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

  2. Common Cold Prevention

    Discover how frequent hand washing can be the most effective means for cold prevention.

  3. Flu or Cold Symptoms?

    Do you have flu or cold symptoms? Learn more about the two and how to tell the difference.

  4. When Should I See a Doctor for a Cold or Flu?

    Most colds and flu don't require a doctor's care. However, as WebMD explains, if you have any of these six symptoms, see your doctor.

  5. How to Choose Over-the-Counter Cold and Flu Meds

    How do you choose a cold/flu remedy? Get tips to fend off symptoms.

  6. Avian Influenza (Bird 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.

  7. Cold and Flu acTopic Centers - Topic Overview

    Many people choose not to have the influenza vaccine because of myths they believe about the disease or the vaccine. Myth: Influenza is a minor illness. Truth: Influenza and its complications cause about 20,000 deaths in the United States each year. Myth: The vaccine causes the flu. Truth: You can't get the flu by having a flu shot. The flu shot is made of killed virus and therefore cannot ...

  8. Avian Influenza (Bird 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.

  9. Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) - Topic Overview

    A cough that is more noticeable when your child is lying down is usually caused by mucus running down the back of the throat (postnasal drip) from an upper respiratory infection,such as a cold,sinusitis,or allergy. A child usually has a runny or stuffy nose,may be irritable,and may have a fever. Home treatment is usually all that is needed to provide relief for this type of cough. A cough ...

  10. Avian Influenza (Bird 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? ...

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