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Cold & Flu

Cold and flu can be extremely contagious and are usually more common at certain times of the year. Learn about the differences between the common cold and the flu, as well as symptoms and effective treatment methods.

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Flu Symptom Checker

Flu's symptoms, from body aches to cough and fever, are legendary. But what causes all that misery? Look below to find out why you feel so awful.


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Flu Symptom Checker

Flu's symptoms, from body aches to cough and fever, are legendary. But what causes all that misery? Look below to find out why you feel so awful. See more »

Ultimate Flu Guide

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Who does the CDC say should get flu shots?

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10 Reasons You Have a Runny Nose

What are some of the reasons you have a runny nose? Learn how to determine the reason you have a runny nose to keep your family healthy. See more »

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If you want to stop a runny nose, you can take an antihistamine or try a home remedy. Learn how to stop a runny nose from the article below. See more »