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Episode 13: Cold and Flu Season

October 23, 2018 Written by Kids First

The 2018 and 2019 cold and influenza season is just getting underway. This pediatric podcast episode, recorded for the 2017 and 2018 influenza season but still applicable today, discusses how to keep your child safe this flu season. The topics for this episode will include:

  • How to identify influenza vs. the common cold
  • Common cold treatment recommendations
  • Why antibiotics do not help alleviate symptoms of the common cold or influenza
  • Influenza treatment recommendations (these recommendations are updated throughout each flu season, for the most up-to-date treatment recommendations go to
  • Facts regarding the influenza vaccine and the Flu Mist


IDPH (Illinois Dept. of Public Health) Influenza Surveillance Website:

CDC Flu Activity and Surveillance Website: