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  • Cold Flu and Sore Throat
    Colds, Chest Colds, Common Colds, and Head Colds are due to a virus that has hundreds of different forms; the virus is always changing its shape, size and form. A cold takes place in the upper respiratory tract. Symptoms include: head congestion, difficulty breathing, coughing, headaches, fever, sneezing, watery eyes, aches and pains. Stress and poor diet weaken the immune system and contribute to the cold. Buy the perfect medicine for this illness at affordable prices.

  • Key Facts About Avian Influenza (Bird Flu)
    This fact sheet provides general information about avian influenza (bird flu).

  • A parent's guide to colds and flu in children
    Information for Sharing: Prepared by the Infectious Diseases and Immunization Committee, Canadian Paediatric Society, in 1991

  • Colds and Influenza
    Colds and Influenza (flu) are both caused by a virus that is passed from one individual to another through the air. These two ailments also have common symptoms, which often leads to confusion of the two conditions.

  • Facts About Influenza
    Information, risks, prevention, and vaccination.

  • Flu and You- What to Do!
    It's a fact: Influenza is much worse than a bad cold. Commonly know as "the flu" - its real name is influenza, an infection in the airways caused by the influenza virus. Flu is easily caught and easily spread. And although some symptoms may be cold-like, they are far more serious: headache, chills and a dry cough are rapidly joined by body aches and fever. While the fever declines on the second or third day of the illness, full recovery may take up to 6 weeks.

  • Flu, Children
    Influenza is an acute infection caused by any of 3 types of viruses (A, B, or C). Many people confuse influenza or flu with the common cold. Flu is an acute infection of the airway tract in the nose and throat that can sometimes spread down into the lungs. Flu in adults is the most frequent cause of acute respiratory illness. Flu, however, affects people of all ages. Children are among the groups most at risk for developing flu and its complications. Flu season begins every year mainly in late fall and early winter and in a widespread fashion. The peak season for the flu is from November through March.

  • Flu Facts for Everyone
    The CDC Center for Disease Control Flu Central. The latest information on this years flu data. Very useful and important site.

  • Flu Fact Sheet
    Influenza, or the flu, is a respiratory infection caused by a variety of flu viruses. The most familiar aspect of the flu is the way it can "knock you off your feet" as it sweeps through entire communities. The flu differs in several ways from the common cold, a respiratory infection also caused by viruses. For example, people with colds rarely get fevers or headaches or suffer from the extreme exhaustion that flu viruses cause. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 35 to 50 million Americans come down with the flu during each flu season, which typically lasts from November to March. Children are two to three times more likely than adults to get sick with the flu, and children frequently spread the virus to others. Although most people recover from the illness, CDC estimates that in the United States more than 100,000 people are hospitalized and more than 20,000 people die from the flu and its complications every year.

  • Flu in Children WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
    Flu, known medically as influenza (in-flew-EN-zuh) is an infection of the nose, throat, windpipe, and airways in the lung. Causes

  • Flu Shots for Children
    Although most people understand the importance of a yearly flu shot for people over the age of 65, many parents overlook the need for a flu shot for their children. This is unfortunate, because most experts believe that flu epidemics begin and spread to adults from younger children.

  • IGotFlu.com
    Answers to commonly asked questions about influenza.

  • Influenza Antiviral Drugs
    This web site contains links to several sources of general information about influenza. Because vaccination is the primary means of preventing and controlling influenza, links related to influenza vaccine are listed first, followed by links related to antiviral drugs that have been approved in the United States for influenza.

    ATLANTA--The wisdom of vaccinating all healthy adults and children against influenza has been debated--particularly this flu season, when the vaccine has been in short supply. Two new studies from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shed light on this issue. One indicates that vaccinating children in day care may reduce household influenza transmission.[1] The other suggests that although vaccinating healthy adults may reduce flu-related morbidity, it does not provide an economic benefit to society.[2]

  • Should Your Child Have a Flu Shot?
    Flu season is upon us, and that means it's time to think about getting a flu shot. The flu, influenza, can really knock the wind out of your sails. Healthy adults who come down with the flu may sometimes be out of commission for a couple of weeks. For certain vulnerable population groups, the flu can bring serious, even deadly, complications. This is why so many people try to protect themselves from this highly contagious disease by getting an annual flu vaccine.

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