Colds and Flu
Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza
viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu
infection can result in hospitalization and even death. Some people, such
as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions,
are at higher risk of serious flu complications. The best way to prevent
seasonal flu is to get vaccinated every year.
Common colds are the main reason that children miss school and adults miss
work. Adults have an average of 2-3 colds per year, and children have
even more. Sore throat and runny nose are usually the first signs of a
cold, followed by coughing and sneezing. Most people recover in about
7-10 days. You can help reduce your risk of getting a cold by washing
your hands often, avoiding close contact with sick people, and avoiding
touching your face with unwashed hands.
For more information: https://www.cdc.gov/features/rhinoviruses/