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  • Flu Risks Greater for Racial Minorities

    People from racial and ethnic minority groups are more likely to be hospitalized when they have the flu. They are… a flu shot. Questions to ask your doctor Can I get the flu vaccine? How do I know if I have the flu? Am I…

  • Flu Risks and Chronic Conditions

    Chronic health conditions can increase your risk of being hospitalized with influenza (the flu). Getting an annual flu vaccine is… though COVID-19 has stolen focus away from the flu, it is just as important as ever to protect yourself from the flu. Flu pandemics have…

  • Flu Vaccine During Pregnancy

    Not only is getting a flu shot safe for pregnant women, but it will also help to protect both you… flu shot (vaccine) at any time (or trimester) of their pregnancy. A flu shot not only helps prevent you from getting the flu, but it…

  • Flu Myths

    The flu is something to take seriously. But it’s important to sort out fact from fiction to stay healthy… from anyone who is sick. Myth #4: You won’t get the flu if you take vitamin C.  Vitamins cannot prevent the flu. Myth #5: The flu

  • Avian Flu

    Avian flu is a virus that is spread from bird to bird. In rare cases, certain strains of the virus… I be concerned about catching avian flu if I plan to travel to one of the affected countries? Can you catch avian flu from cooked…

  • Stomach Flu (Gastroenteritis)

    Gastroenteritis is a medical term for a stomach virus. Many people call it the stomach flu. It can strike anyone… to provide a stool sample. This is to rule out other health problems. Can a stomach virus be prevented or avoided? A flu shot will…

  • Preventing the Flu

    The flu is a viral infection that can lead to serious diseases, such as pneumonia. That’s why it’s important to… of getting the flu? When is it too late in the year to get the flu vaccine? Should I still get the flu vaccine if…

  • Cold and Flu

    Follow this chart for information about how to treat the symptoms of a cold or the flu and how to… Follow this chart for information about how to treat the symptoms of a cold or the flu and how to know when to see a…

  • familydoctor.org Flu Toolkit

    This digital messaging guide helps family doctors fight the spread of seasonal influenza… org Flu Articles Use these flu-specific familydoctor.org articles to inform your messaging and share them with your audience. Flu Myths Flu Vaccine During Pregnancy Preventing the Flu Cold and Flu Symptom Checker…

  • Don’t Miss Your (Flu) Shot

    Dr. Michele Zawora

    Older adults are at higher risk of flu complications, so it’s important for them to get the flu vaccine every… the flu. I’m a family doctor who specializes in caring for older adults, so I urge my patients to get the flu vaccine every year…

  • Colds and the Flu

    Learn about the symptoms of and treatments for colds and the flu… the flu? Viruses cause colds and the flu. More than 200 different viruses can cause colds. Not as many viruses cause the flu. That’s why there’s a vaccine available for the flu and…

  • Is It a Cold or the Flu?

    The common cold and the flu are both contagious respiratory illnesses caused by viruses. They share many symptoms, but they… infants. Get a prescription (if it’s the flu). Antibiotics won’t kill cold or flu viruses. However, if you have the flu, your doctor may prescribe…

  • Protecting Your Family During Cold and Flu Season

    Cold and flu season begins in the fall and continues through spring. Both conditions are contagious. But you can help… a compromised immune system and people with a chronic condition, such as asthma. People in these groups are at higher risk for flu-related complications. Flu vaccine The…

  • Doc, Do I Have the “Stomach Flu”?

    Dr. Shilpa Mehta

    For healthy adults, the symptoms of gastroenteritis are usually mild. In most cases, you don’t need to see a doctor… and giving him a physical exam, I diagnosed him with a very common condition called gastroenteritis. Many people call it the “stomach flu,” but gastroenteritis…

  • Do I Have COVID-19 or the Flu?

    If you feel sick, you may wonder if it’s the flu or COVID-19. While the two illnesses share many similarities,… Physicians recommends everyone older than 6 months old get the yearly flu shot, unless their doctor says otherwise. If you get the flu, there are…

  • Ovarian Cyst

    An ovarian cyst is a fluid-filled sac in or on a person’s ovary. It is very common. Many times, these… Overview What is an ovarian cyst? An ovarian cyst is a fluid-filled sac in or on a person’s ovary. The ovaries are part of the female reproductive system. They…

  • How to Treat a Cold Sore

    Cold sores are small, blister-like, fluid-filled lesions that usually appear around the border of the lips. They are caused by… Cold sores (also called fever blisters) are small, blister-like, fluid-filled lesions that usually appear around the border of the lips. They also may appear on…

  • Kidney Cysts

    Kidney cysts are sacs filled with fluid that form in the kidneys. These small, oval or round sacs are almost… What are kidney cysts? The kidneys remove waste from your blood. They do this by filtering the blood and making urine. As people get…