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Cold & Flu Review

Bronchitis

Bronchitis is an inflammation of the lining of the bronchial tubes. When a person has bronchitis, it may be harder for air to pass in and out of the lungs.

Colds

Colds are the most common infectious disease in the United States - and the top reason kids visit the doctor and miss school.

Does My Child Need an Antibiotic? (Video)

Antibiotics are powerful medicines that can help kids feel better -- but only when they have certain illnesses. Find out if an antibiotic is right for your child.

Flu Center

Learn all about protecting your family from the flu and what to do if your child gets flu-like symptoms.

How Many Doses of Flu Vaccine Does My Child Need?

Knowing the doctor-recommended flu vaccination schedule can be confusing. Use this tool to help you understand how many doses your child needs.

How to Safely Give Acetaminophen

What kind? How much? How often? Find out how to give this pain and fever medicine.

Is It a Cold, the Flu, or COVID-19?

The flu usually makes kids feel worse than if they have a cold. But it's not always easy to tell the difference. Here are tips on what to look for — and what to do.

Too Late for the Flu Vaccine?

It's best to get the flu vaccine early in flu season, so the body can make antibodies that protect it from the flu. But getting it later is better than not getting it at all.

Who Should Get the Flu Vaccine?

The flu vaccine is a good idea for all families. It does not cause the flu, and it helps keep kids and parents from getting sick.