COLD & FLU FACTS
Cold and “flu” are the two most common and frequent seasonal illness. Millions of people throughout the world suffer from them every year. The elderly are the groups most likely to contract them.
The common cold is caused by a virus, and there are more than 200 viruses which cause colds. The most widely spread are the rhinoviruses, which are the cause of about one third of all colds.
Flu is one of the most frequently encountered diseases. Every year millions of people throughout the world suffer from it. The elderly and those with chronic health conditions are at the highest risk of contracting flu.
Chest congestion is a symptom often associated with the common cold or flu. In healthy individuals, air flows easily into the lungs through tubes called bronchi.
COLD FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Note: Concerns about Reye?s Syndrome, a rare but severe illness, are primarily related to use for viral infections in children and teenagers. In these groups, aspirin should not be used to treat flu-related pain and fever.