Colds and the Flu | Questions to Ask Your Doctor

  • How long will I be sick?
  • How long should I keep my child home from daycare or school?
  • What can I do to make myself more comfortable?
  • Are there any medicines you would recommend?
  • Should I get the flu vaccine? Should I have my child vaccinated?
  • When should I call my doctor?
  • How long will I be contagious?
  • I’m pregnant. Is there any danger to my baby from the flu?
  • Will steam help my congestion?
  • Are cough medicines safe for my child?


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Written by editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 02/14
Created: 01/96