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  1. Dry Coughs - Topic Overview

    Dry coughs that continue after other cold symptoms clear or that occur without other symptoms may be caused by a variety of health problems. Some people start coughing when they breathe very dry,heated air. This can be caused by environmental irritation or allergies. This type of cough may be more noticeable when you first turn on your furnace in the fall,because dust and other irritants ...

  2. Flu: Signs of Bacterial Infection - 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 ...

  3. Flu Vaccine Myths - 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 ...

  4. Oseltamivir or Zanamivir

    Drug details for Oseltamivir or zanamivir for influenza (flu).

  5. Amantadine or Rimantadine for Influenza (Flu)

    Drug details for Amantadine or rimantadine for influenza (flu).

  6. Heart Disease and the Flu

    If you have heart disease, learn what you can do to prevent, manage, and treat flu. Read about flu symptoms, and learn when you should call your doctor.

  7. Flu Complications

    Worried about flu complications? Learn more about common flu complications, what to look out for, and when to call the doctor.

  8. HIV/AIDS and the Flu

    Getting flu with HIV/AIDS can result in developing flu complications such as pneumonia. Learn more about flu and HIV/AIDS and find out how to prevent serious problems.

  9. Use Your Immune System to Prevent Flu

    Want to prevent flu? Learn how to use your immune system to prevent colds and flu with these simple suggestions.

  10. What to Eat When You Have the Flu

    Wondering what to eat when you have the flu? Check out these diet recommendations for soothing symptoms and boosting the immune system.

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