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Flu Season

As summer fades and we start to move indoors, cold and flu viruses begin to flourish. Learn how to protect yourself from the flu, starting with a flu shot. Know the difference between a cold, a flu, and COVID-19.

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How Does the Flu Become Pneumonia?

Pneumonia is inflammation of the lungs due to an infection. Flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by viruses. Many symptoms overlap. If you get pneumonia from the flu, it can be serious, particularly if you are immunocompromised.
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Rotavirus

Rotavirus causes severe, watery diarrhea and vomiting, most commonly in infants and young children. It’s a gastrointestinal virus, and is highly contagious, though milder in older children and adults.
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7 Causes of a Productive Cough

When mucus irritates your airways or lungs, it makes you cough up phlegm. Most of the time, a virus or bacteria has caused the mucus production. Or a history of cigarette smoking. Sometimes it’s contagious.
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What Causes a Dry Cough & How to Find Relief

A persistent dry cough can be caused from a upper respiratory infection or bronchitis. Other common causes for a dry throat cough include asthma, smoking, or viral throat infection. Viral pneumonia and COPD are less common causes of dry cough.
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9 Causes for Your Cough

Your cough can be caused by viruses, bacterial infections, COVID-19, allergies, and a number of other conditions. Learn what your cough symptoms mean, how to get the right diagnosis, and what treatments actually help.
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Ear Infection

Ear infections are extremely common infections in kids although adults get them, too. They can be caused by a bacteria, virus, or fungus, and can be very painful, causing ear and head pain. Treatment options may or may not include taking antibiotics.
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