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Stay ahead of the cold & flu this season. Before you leave the house check in with our cold & flu tracker. Enter a zip code and keep an eye on cold and flu outbreaks in your area and around the country.


What's the difference between a Cold and the Flu? Between the Swine Flu and Bird Flu? Who's at greatest risk for the Flu? Protecting your family from the germs that cause colds and the flu is easier than you might think. We're glad you asked. Find all this and more.

When Someone at Home is Sick

  • Check with your healthcare provider about:
    • Recommended over-the-counter medications to help relieve symptoms.
    • Suggested fever-reducing medicine if your child has a fever (100°F or higher).
    • Any special treatment requirements for children at higher risk, such as those with asthma.
  • Make sure your child gets plenty of rest and drinks clear fluids (such as water, broth, sports drinks, (or electrolyte beverages for infants) to prevent dehydration.
  • If possible, keep your child separated from the rest of the family.
  • Keep your child home from school or daycare until at least 24 hours after his/her fever is gone (without the help of fever-reducing medication)