The common cold and the flu (influenza) are both types of upper respiratory infections. Many people think they are treated the same way but this is not the case.
Flu symptoms are usually much worse than common cold symptoms, and the flu can lead to serious complications including pneumonia, bacterial infections, and even death. There are some antiviral flu treatments available that can help you feel better and reduce the time you are sick, but they work best when taken within the first 48 hours of the illness. There are special tests available to determine whether you have the flu so your doctor can prescribe the right treatment for you.
Practically everyone will battle colds and the flu at some point in time. The average adult is sick with the common cold (with symptoms like sore throats, coughs, and mild fevers) two to four times each year. Another 15% to 20% get the flu. Since these illnesses are caused by a virus, they can’t be stopped completely. But you can relieve your symptoms. And since these are such common ailments, there is no shortage of remedies meant to relieve them.
There have been questions about whether people really need a flu shot every year. Research has found that getting the flu shot every year doesn't reduce its effectiveness.
Last year's deadly flu was one for the record books. The CDC estimates some 80,000 Americans died from the virus and its complications last winter – the highest death toll since the 1970s.
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that usually cause a fever, chills, sore throat, runny nose, and muscle aches.
THURSDAY, Oct. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- School is in full swing, and with it comes a plethora of colds passed back and forth among kids.
An estimated 80,000 people died of the flu and its complications in the U.S. last winter — the highest death toll for the diseases in at least four decades.
Instead of visiting the doctor each fall, sitting in a waiting room filled with the sniffling, sneezing masses -- what if you could just slap on a flu vaccine "patch" sent in the mail?
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has issued new guidelines for the prevention and control of seasonal influenza with vaccines for the 2018–2019 season.