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Cold, Flu, & Cough Health Center

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  1. Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) - Symptoms

    The symptoms of influenza (flu) appear suddenly and often include: Fever, which is usually continuous, but it may come and go.

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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.

  4. Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) - Topic Overview

    If your child has a barking cough: Hold your child in a calming manner. Keep your child quiet,if possible. Crying can make breathing more difficult. Try rocking or distracting your child with a book or game. Use a humidifier to add moisture to the air. Don't use a hot vaporizer. Use only water in the humidifier. Hold your child in your lap,and let the cool vapor blow directly into your ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. Cold and Flu acTopic Centers - 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.

  7. Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) - Exams and Tests

    Health professionals can diagnose influenza (flu) using your symptoms alone if many cases of a similar illness have occurred in the community and if the local health department has confirmed a flu outbreak.

  8. Avian Influenza (Bird 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.

  9. Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) - Topic Overview

    Although most cases of influenza (flu) get better without causing other problems,complications sometimes develop. Possible complications of flu include: Pneumonia,which is an inflammation of the lungs. Primary influenza viral pneumonia develops soon (24 to 36 hours) after flu symptoms start and does not get better with antibiotics. It rarely causes death in young,healthy people,but it can ...

  10. Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) - Topic Overview

    A bacterial infection may develop following infection with viral influenza. Signs of a bacterial infection include: Yellow,green,rust-colored,or bloody mucus that is coughed up from the lungs,especially while other symptoms are getting worse. Mucus coughed up from the lungs is a more serious symptom than mucus that has drained down the back of the throat (postnasal drip). Ear pain that ...

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