COLD & FLU BASICS

COLD & FLU BASICS

Treatment

COMMON WAYS TO TREAT A COLD OR THE FLU

There are a variety of ways to treat your cold and flu symptoms. Get to know each cold and flu treatment and see which works best for you.

Caplets

Caplets are a form of cold and flu medicine you can swallow with water. Theraflu® ExpressMax® Caplets have a special coating that provides an instant warming sensation, signaling relief is on the way.*

*Maximum-strength per 4 hour dose.

Learn about Theraflu® caplets

Syrup

Syrup is a liquid form of cold and flu medicine that is consumed in a measured dosing cup.

Learn about Theraflu® syrups

Hot Liquid Powder

Cold and flu relief in powder form is poured into hot water until it dissolves and then consumed while still hot.

See Theraflu® hot liquid powder

Alternative Remedies

Some cold and flu remedies like saline rinses or sprays, use of humidifiers, staying hydrated and being well rested may provide decongestant relief for some people.2

Antivirals

Antivirals are prescription medicines that when taken shortly after flu symptoms arise may shorten your illness by a day or so. They may also help prevent serious complications.

Flu Vaccination

Flu shot:

Administered through a needle and containing an inactivated vaccine (containing killed viruses), the flu vaccine protects against 4 strains of the virus. Since strains change and mutate, the CDC recommends you get your flu shot yearly. Everyone 6 months and older should get the flu shot, with some exceptions.1

See who should not receive the flu shot

Flu nasal spray:

This is sprayed into the nasal passages and contains a low dose of live, weakened flu viruses that do not cause the flu (sometimes called LAIV for “live attenuated influenza vaccine”).1

See who should not receive the flu nasal spray

  • Caplets

    Caplets are a form of cold and flu medicine you can swallow with water. Theraflu® ExpressMax® Caplets have a special coating that provides an instant warming sensation, signaling relief is on the way.*

    *Maximum-strength per 4 hour dose.

    Learn about Theraflu® caplets

  • Syrup

    Syrup is a liquid form of cold and flu medicine that is consumed in a measured dosing cup.

    Learn about Theraflu® syrups

  • Hot Liquid Powder

    Cold and flu relief in powder form is poured into hot water until it dissolves and then consumed while still hot.

    See Theraflu® hot liquid powder

  • Alternative Remedies

    Some cold and flu remedies like saline rinses or sprays, use of humidifiers, staying hydrated and being well rested , may provide decongestant relief for some people.2

  • Antivirals

    Antivirals are prescription medicines that when taken shortly after flu symptoms arise may shorten your illness by a day or so. They may also help prevent serious complications.2

  • Flu Vaccination

    Flu Shot: Administered through a needle and containing an inactivated vaccine (containing killed viruses), the flu vaccine protects against 3 strains of the virus. Since strains change and mutate, it’s a good idea to update your flu shot yearly. Everyone 6 months and older should get the flu shot, with some exceptions.3

    See who should not receive the flu shot

    Flu Nasal Spray: This is sprayed into the nasal passages and contains a low dose of live, weakened flu viruses that do not cause the flu (sometimes called LAIV for “live attenuated influenza vaccine”).4

    See who should not receive the flu nasal spray

Sources:

  1. Common Cold. (n.d.). Retrieved February 16, 2016, from http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/common-cold/in-depth/health-tip/art-20049170
  2. Influenza (flu). (n.d.). Retrieved February 16, 2016, from http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/flu/basics/treatment/con-20035101