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Cold and Flu

The common cold and flu can both make you feel miserable. Learn to distinguish the two, treat them accordingly, and practice future prevention tactics.
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Tips for Preventing Colds and the Flu
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When is the Common Cold Season?
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Getting the Common Cold When You're Pregnant
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When Is Flu Season?
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Should You Avoid Dairy When You Have a Cold?
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Are Anti-Viral Tissues Worth Using?
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Summer Colds: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment
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How Germs Are Transmitted
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How Your Immune System Reacts to the Common Cold
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Bacterial Infections: Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, and Treatment
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How to Decide If You Should Call in Sick
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How Long Is a Cold Contagious?
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Should You Exercise When You Are Sick?
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Can I Catch a Cold From My Cat, Dog, or Other Pet?
Sneezing woman
The 8 Best Medicines for a Stuffy Nose of 2021
Breastfeeding Mom
Should Nursing Mothers Breastfeed While Sick?
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Why Do Colds Cause Headaches?
Is Your Toothache A Sign Of Sinusitis?
Is Your Toothache a Sign of Sinusitis?
Flu Symptoms in Children
Recognizing Early Flu Symptoms in Children
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5 Food Nutrients to Supercharge Your Immune System
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Why You Need a Flu Shot If You're Over 50
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Pandemic: How to Prepare for the new Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Airborne Illness
Airborne Viruses: Types, Transmission, and Prevention
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Visiting Family With a Chronic Illness During Cold & Flu Season
Flu patch
Could a Flu Patch Bring an End to Flu Shots?
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The Hidden Risks of Antibacterial Soap
Doctor giving young girl flu shot
Flu Shots: Timing, Side Effects, and More
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Who Should Not Get Flu Shots
Young man smiles in relief at pharmacist after flu vaccination
Afluria Flu Vaccine Jet Injector: Uses, Side Effects, Dosages, Precautions
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Why Isn't There a Vaccine for the Common Cold?
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Common Side Effects of the Influenza Vaccine
Flu shot
Can I Get A Flu Shot While Sick?
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Can You Get the Flu From a Flu Shot?
Senior man coughing into elbow.
Why You Should Cover Your Cough
onions
Does an Onion in the Room Stop a Cold or Flu?
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6 Ways to Boost Your Immune System Naturally
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Why You May Still Get Sick After a Flu Shot
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Is a Preservative-Free Flu Vaccine Safer?
Woman receiving a vaccine.
How Long Does a Flu Shot Last?
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Should I Replace My Toothbrush After I've Been Sick?
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Tips for Preventing Colds and the Flu
Mother and Father with Sick Child.
How to Stay Healthy When Your Family Is Sick
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How Flu Shots Work and Why They Sometimes Don't
airborne tablets
Airborne Immune Supplement: Uses, Side Effects, Dosages
Flu
What Are the First Signs of Flu?
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Are You Having an Allergic Reaction to the Flu Vaccine?
Lethargy
What Is Lethargy?
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What Are Boogers Made Of?
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What Is Mucus? Purpose, Causes, and Treatment
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Low-Grade Fever: Definition, Causes, Treatments
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What Is Normal Body Temperature? Range, Measurement, More
Flu aches and pains
Body Aches That Come With the Flu
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Breath Sounds: Abnormal Lung Sounds and Causes
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Sinus Congestion: Overview and More
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Nausea and Vomiting: When to See Your Doctor
A woman outside with neck pain
Is It Normal to Feel Neck Pain With a Cold?
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Influenza (the Flu): Signs, Symptoms, and Complications
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How the Flu Is Diagnosed
Couple lying in bed together
Can I Have Sex When I'm Sick?
Mid adult man lying in bed looking at thermometer reading
Fevers: Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, and Treatment