The flu, or influenza, is a viral disease of the respiratory tract—the nose, throat, bronchial tubes and lungs—and is highly contagious. A cold is a less severe viral infection, and often includes a runny nose, sneezing and coughing. Unlike flu, colds typically don't cause fever. READ MORE

Will Going Out in the Cold Give You a Cold?

Many viruses spread more easily in the winter, and buttoning up your overcoat won't necessarily protect you

Flu/Colds

Coronavirus Came to My Hometown, and I Wanted to Know How to Stay Safe

When COVID-19 was diagnosed in writer Jaimie Seaton’s small New England town, she asked experts how she and other mothers can protect themselves.

Your Health

Why Hand-Washing Really Is as Important as Doctors Say

A microbiologist explains why this simple, low-tech step may be your best protection.

Your Health

14 Important Things to Know About Coronavirus

The coronavirus has reached the U.S. and is spreading, with no vaccine or cure yet, which makes it worrisome. Knowing the facts can help you be prepared and not panic.

Your Health

There's a Virus Spreading in U.S. That's Killed 10,000: The Flu

Folks fretting about the coronavirus are forgetting that the flu is already running rampant in the United States, one that's killed nearly 20 times as many people in this country alone.

Flu/Colds

What to Do at the First Signs of Flu

If you drew the short straw this year and got the flu, here are some steps you can take to lessen your symptoms and speed along the recovery process.

Flu/Colds

A Workout Could Be Good Medicine for the Common Cold

It might be the last thing you want to do when you are battling a cold, but exercise might actually make you feel better.

Flu/Colds

Flu Cases Are Spiking Early: Is This a Sign Of a Tough Season Ahead?

The flu season is off to a fast and furious start, with a strain of the virus that normally arrives later in the season making a strong early appearance.

Prevention & Screenings

Can the Flu Shot Give You the Flu?

Many people forgo flu shots because they're convinced that getting one will give them the flu. Not true. You may experience some mild symptoms, but the shots cannot give you the flu.

Prevention & Screenings

Why Hand-Washing Beats Hand Sanitizers

Proper hand-washing with soap and water is one of the best ways to protect yourself during the cold and flu season.

Flu/Colds

Only a Third of Pregnant Women Getting Vaccinations They Need

About two-thirds of pregnant women in the United States don't get vaccinated against both flu and whooping cough, putting them and their newborns at risk.

Pregnancy & Postpartum