Cold and Flu Article Archive

Prevention tips for school and home, information on school closures, and how to tell if your child has a cold or the flu. Find more resources about seasonal flu and swine flu.

  • Help Your Kids Stay Happy and Healthy at SchoolIf you have children in school, you know how easily they seem to get sick. But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can help minimize sickness with some reminders about ways your child can stay healthy at school.
  • Make School Sick Days Less StressfulUnexpected sick days can throw the whole family for a loop. These tips can help things go more smoothly when your child is too ill to go to school.
  • Swine Flu and SchoolHealth officials have changed their initial recommendations of how parents and schools should respond to the H1N1 virus. Here's what you should know.
  • Schools Recovering From Swine FluThe spread of the H1N1 flu led hundreds of U.S. schools to close their doors. Parents and students might need to make up that lost time classroom time.
  • Glossary of Flu TermsThe U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides definitions of swine flu and other common flu-related terms.
  • Sensible Swine Flu PrecautionsA few simple steps can reduce your family’s chances of contracting H1N1 flu or other types of flu illness. Here’s what you should know about avoiding the flu and treating it if a family member becomes sick.
  • Flu Prevention TipsA few commonsense practices can help keep your child (and others) healthy.
  • Is it a Cold or the Flu?Although flu and cold share some of the same symptoms, if you know what to look for it's easy to tell them apart.
  • Preventing the Common ColdGood hygiene and a few healthy habits can greatly reduce kids' risk of catching a cold—or giving one to someone else.

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