What is the difference between a cold and the flu?
The flu and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses but they are caused by different viruses. Because these two types of illnesses have similar symptoms, it can be difficult to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone.
Is it possible to get a cold even in the hot summer months?
Most people get colds in the winter and spring, but it is possible to get a cold any time of the year.
Antibiotics will help you recover from a cold or the flu.
Antibiotics do not work against viruses, and they may make it harder for your body to fight future bacterial infections if you take them unnecessarily.
When should you get a flu shot?
You should get a flu vaccine before flu begins spreading in your community. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body that protect against flu, so make plans to get vaccinated early in fall, before flu season begins. CDC recommends that people get a flu vaccine by the end of October, if possible. Getting vaccinated later, however, can still be beneficial and vaccination should continue to be offered throughout the flu season, even into January or later.
When will flu activity begin and when will it peak?
How can you protect yourself from getting a cold or the flu?
How can you protect others from catching your cold or flu virus?
When should you call your doctor for yourself or your child?
If your child is younger than 3 months of age and has a fever, you should always call your doctor right away. Your doctor can determine if you or your child has a cold and can recommend therapy to help with symptoms.