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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 To Get Immediate Medical Attention

Seek medical treatment right away if your child:

  • Has difficulty breathing or chest pain
  • Has flu symptoms return after having improved
  • Has purple or blue discoloration of your lips or skin
  • Is vomiting and unable to keep liquids down
  • Is not drinking fluids
  • Shows signs of dehydration, such as feeling dizzy when standing or being unable to urinate or shed tears
  • Is not waking up, interacting, or not wanting to be held

If you are caring for someone with the flu, check out the helpful caregiver information available at flu.gov.