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Watch this slideshow and explore the types and causes of a sore throat and learn how to distinguish between sore and strep throat. You'll also find out how to get relief from symptoms such as that raw, scratchy feeling.
Serious side effects from the flu shot are uncommon. Side effects of the injection vaccine may include soreness at the site of the injection, muscle aches, fever, and feeling unwell. The live virus vaccine nasal-spray does not cause severe symptoms.
Typical flu symptoms in children and adults include a fever (100 F - 103 F), chills, cough, sore throat, stuffy or runny nose, headache, muscle aches, and fatigue. Home remedies to help flu symptoms include OTC medications. Cough drops and cough syrup can be taken to suppress a cough. If a person's symptoms continue worsen, they should seek medical care.
Changes in the immune system of a woman who is pregnant can make her more sensitive to the flu. If you are pregnant, you should get the flu shot as soon as it's available in your area. The flu vaccine is approved for pregnant women; however, pregnant women should not receive the nasal spray flu vaccine.
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Treatment & Diagnosis
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- Sore Throat Symptoms
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- Strep Throat Complications
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Medications & Supplements
- amantadine (Symmetrel - Discontinued)
- amoxicillin (Amoxil, Moxatag, Larotid)
- aspirin gum - oral, Aspergum
- azithromycin (Zithromax, Zithromax Z-Pak, Zithromax Tri-Pak, Zmax)
- aztreonam - injection, Azactam
- benzonatate (Tessalon Perles, Zonatuss - discontinued in the US)
- Cefdinir vs. cefixime (Suprax) 3rd Generation Antibiotics
- chloramphenicol (Chloromycetin, Econochlor, Ocu-Chlor [These are discontinued brands in the US])
- chlorpheniramine and hydrocodone, Tussionex, TussiCaps, Tussionex Pennkinetic, Vituz
- clarithromycin, Biaxin
- clindamycin - injection, Cleocin
- clindamycin, oral (Cleocin)
- clindamycin-oral solution, Cleocin Pediatric
- erythromycin, Ery-Tab, PCE
- expectorant/decongestant/narcotic antitussive/acetaminophen-oral
- gatifloxacin-oral, Tequin
- gemifloxacin - oral, Factive
- goldenseal (hydrastis canadensis) - oral
- guaifenesin and phenylephrine, Sudafed PE Non-Drying Sinus Caplets, (Entex, discontinued)
- influenza vaccine live intranasal; FluMist, FluMist Quadrivalent
- influenza virus vaccine - syringe intradermal, Fluzone
- influenza virus vaccine - intramuscular, Afluria, Fluarix, Flublok, Flu
- moxifloxacin, Avelox
- narcotic analgesic/aspirin/caffeine - oral
- norfloxacin, Noroxin
- oseltamivir, Tamiflu
- penicillin V, (Veetids and Pen-Vee-K have been discontinued)
- pneumococcal pediatric vaccine - injection, Prevnar 13
- pneumococcal vaccine (Pneumovax 23, Pnu-Imune 23)
- promethazine and codeine, Phenergan with Codeine
- pseudoephedrine (Oral, Afrinol, Sudafed)
- rimantadine, Flumadine
- sodium chloride - intranasal spray (Ocean, Ayr Saline, Humist, NaSal, Little Noses, Ocean)
- zanamivir, Relenza
- Zinc for Colds: Lozenges & Nasal Sprays
Prevention & Wellness
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- Health Tip: Quiet Your Cough
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- How to Fight the Flu This Season
- How to Spare Family and Coworkers Your Flu Misery
- Human Cold Virus Killed Chimpanzees
- More Bad News on Flu: It's Tied to Higher Heart Attack Risk
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- It's a Century Since the 1918 Flu Pandemic - Could It Happen Again?
- It's Still Not Too Late for a Flu Shot
- It's Time to Get Your Flu Shot Again
- Just How Bad Is This Flu Season? Experts Weigh In
- Study Debunks Link Between Tamiflu and Teen Suicide
- More Bad Flu News: It May Raise Your Heart Attack Risk
- Nasty Flu Season Easing Up
- Nasty Flu Season Shows More Signs of Slowing
- New Version of Nasal Flu Vaccine to Return for Next Season
- Next Flu Pandemic Could Appear in Spring or Summer: Study
- No Drop in Flu Vaccinations Since Nasal Spray Withdrawn
- Progress on 'Universal' Vaccine Against Leading Flu Strain
- Put Flu Shot on the Back-to-School Checklist
- Scientists Learn How Flu Virus Changes So Quickly
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- Most Seniors Think Flu Shot a Must for Nursing Home Staff
- Severe Flu Cases Just Keep Rising: CDC
- Severe Flu Season Tightens Its Grip on U.S.
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