Fend Off Cold and Flu

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Help Keep Your Family Healthy This Winter

Runny noses, sore throats, sleepless nights — they may all seem inescapable this cold and flu season. While you can't run and hide, you can take the right steps to help keep your family healthy. You just have to be prepared. First, know the difference between a cold or flu, then learn how to stop them in their tracks.

Help Spot & Prevent the Cold and Flu

Got these symptoms?

* Runny or stuffy nose
* Sore throat
* Coughing
* Sneezing
* Low fever or chills (occasionally)

Help Stop the COLD

* Drink lots of liquids (hot or cold) to keep nose and throat from drying out
* Ensure lots of bed rest
* Use saline nose drops

Got these symptoms?

* Sudden fever (101 or higher)
* Cough (sometimes dry)
* Achy muscles
* Headache
* Sore throat
* Chills
* Fatigue

Help Stop the FLU

* Give a fever reducer/ pain reliever (acetaminophen or ibuprofen)
* Drink lots of liquids (hot or cold) to keep nose and throat from drying out
* Ensure lots of bed rest


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