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Flu or common cold

Is it a cold or the flu?

Colds and the flu are alike in many ways, but certain things are more common with one than the other*: Flu or Cold

With a cold or the flu, severity and duration of symptoms may vary by individual. While many people may confuse colds and flu, it’s important to know that most people get a cold several times each year, and the flu only once every few years.


When should I call the doctor?

Please consult product labels for direction on when to call your doctor. If you have any concerns about your illness, please contact your healthcare professional. For more information on when to contact your healthcare professional, please go to www.cdc.gov.


How long do cold and flu symptoms last?

The cold and flu viruses usually enter the body at the nose, eyes or mouth. From there, colds and the flu may progress as follows:


How can I treat cold and flu symptoms at home?

To relieve symptoms consider:

  • Children’s Advil® (2-11 years) - for fever, minor aches and pains due to the common cold, flu, sore throat and headache
  • Advil® (12 years and up) - for fever, headache and the minor aches and pains associated with colds and the flu

Rest - make sure to get plenty of rest, both day and night.

Drink lots of liquids - drink a lot of water or juice throughout the day.

Moisten the air - use a humidifier or vaporizer to help ease congestion and coughing.


How can I help protect myself and my family from colds and flu?

Help stop the spread of germs:

  • Wash hands frequently
  • Avoid touching the nose, eyes and mouth
  • While coughing or sneezing, cover the nose and mouth with your arm (not hands)

For additional tips and information, visit www.flu.gov and www.cdc.gov/flu

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