Cold & Flu

What is a cold?
Everyone gets colds. It is simply a minor infection of the nose and throat that is caused by a virus. Although colds are generally consider "minor infections", they can greatly affect your quality of life for several days to 2 weeks. Click here for more information.

What is the flu?
Like the cold, the flu (influenza) is due to an infection by a virus. Although a cold is generally viewed as a mild illness, the flu produces many more symptoms than a cold and can be very severe or even deadly. Click here for more information.

How do I know if I have a cold, the flu or something else?
Determining what condition you have is very important to knowing the severity of the illness and when to seek medical attention. Understanding common symptoms of the cold and flu can help you determine which you have. Click here for more information.

How can I keep from getting sick?
Steps to prevent getting colds and the flu should be taken each flu/cold season. They can help keep you from feeling under the weather and keep you out of the doctor's office or hospital. Click here for more information.

What do I need to know about the flu vaccine?
The flu vaccine is the single best way to prevent the flu. It is very safe and effective. You cannot get the flu from the vaccine. Click here for more information.

How do I treat a cold or the flu without medications?
Some of the best ways to help you feel better when you have a cold or the flu do not involve medications. Click here for more information.

How do I treat a cold or the flu with over-the-counter medications?
Self-care with over-the-counter drugs remains the primary method used to treat symptoms of the cold and flu. Knowing which drugs to take based on your symptoms is very important. Click here for more information.

How do I treat a cold or the flu with prescription medications?
There are several prescription medications that can be used to treat the symptoms of the cold and flu. However, these drugs are typically just combinations of drugs available over-the-counter and are rarely any more effective. Click here for more information.

Should I use an antibiotic?
Antibiotics cannot cure the cold or flu. In fact, they may make you end up feeling worse. Click here for more information.

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