Colds and flu

Cold or flu?

Do you know the difference between a cold and flu? An expert explains the conditions, treatments and remedies available.

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Media last reviewed: 26/05/2015

Next review due: 26/05/2017

Preventing colds and flu

Can vitamin C or echinacea stop you getting a cold? The truth behind some common beliefs.

Flu and the flu vaccine

Your guide to flu symptoms and the flu vaccine, including who should have the vaccine this winter.

Cold or flu?

How colds and flu differ, how to stop them spreading and who's at risk of complications.

How to prevent germs from spreading

Cleaning tips to help reduce the number of germs in your home

Coping with colds and flu

How to look after yourself if you get a cold, cough or flu, and when to make an appointment to see your GP.

Five facts about colds

Five surprising facts about colds, including why women get more of them and why mucus turns yellow.

Which painkiller?

The benefits and side effects of painkillers, and how to choose the best painkiller to fight your type of pain.

Keep warm, keep well

How to keep your home and family warm and healthy over the winter, plus advice on benefits.

10 headache triggers

Diet, anger and posture can all cause headaches. Practical advice on avoiding 10 little-known headache triggers.

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The flu jab

Flu is highly infectious – but the annual flu jab can help prevent it

Children's flu vaccine

The children's nasal spray flu vaccine is for two-, three- and four-year-olds, and children in school years one and two, plus children with long-term health problems

Supplements: do you need them?

Millions of us use supplements and vitamin pills, but are they doing us any good?

5 ways to ease the sneeze

Find out how changes to your lifestyle, including exercising regularly and drinking less alcohol, can improve your hay fever symptoms

Are we too clean for our own good?

Find out if modern home and personal hygiene standards are to blame for the rise in allergies

Winter health

Tips and advice on how to stay healthy and well through the cold, dark days of winter