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Cold, Flu, & Cough Health Center

Medical Reference Related to Cold & Flu

  1. Cold and Flu acTopic Centers - Prevention

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

  2. 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? ...

  3. 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.

  4. Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) - Frequently Asked Questions

    Learning about anthrax:What is anthrax?How does anthrax spread?What are the symptoms of anthrax infection?How is anthrax infection treated?What can I do to lower my risk of exposure?Being diagnosed:How is anthrax diagnosed?How can anthrax be distinguished from the flu?Getting treatment:How is anthrax treated?Can anthrax be prevented?What should I do if I think I have been exposed to anthrax? ...

  5. Cold and Flu acTopic Centers - 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

  6. Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) - When To Call a Doctor

    Call your health professional immediately if your infant has a high fever and you suspect he or she might have the flu.

  7. Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) - Topic Overview

    What is anthrax?Anthrax is a potentially fatal disease caused by the bacterium Bacillus anthracis. These bacteria produce spores that can spread the infection. Spores are bacteria in a resting stage. Like plant seeds, they are not active until they germinate. Anthrax in humans is rare unless the spores are spread intentionally. Anthrax usually develops in cattle, horses, sheep, and goats. ...

  8. Cold and Flu acTopic Centers - Medications

    Information on drugs used to treat flu (influenza).

  9. Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) - Topic Overview

    What are colds? Everyone gets a cold from time to time. Children get more colds than adults. Colds usually last 1 to 2 weeks. You can catch a cold at any time of year,but they are more common in late winter and early spring. There is no cure for a cold. Antibiotics will not cure a cold. If you catch a cold,treat the symptoms. What are the symptoms? Lots of different viruses cause colds,...

  10. Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) - What Happens

    Influenza (flu) usually comes on suddenly. In many cases you can pinpoint the hour when symptoms started. Symptoms develop 1 to 4 days after you are infected. Classic flu involves fever for about 3 days, followed by a gradual decrease in other symptoms.

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