Getting a flu shot can protect your family from illness, but there is no vaccine to prevent a cold.
Washing hands often and disinfecting surfaces touched by several people can prevent the spread of viruses.
A healthy diet, exercise and plenty of rest can reduce the likelihood of getting sick.
A person with a cold or the flu should stay hydrated, get plenty of rest and avoid close contact with others.
Pain relievers, nasal sprays and decongestants can help with cold and flu symptoms, but antibiotics and vitamin C won’t.
People at high risk of complications from the flu can benefit from antiviral medications.