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 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 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
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.1
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.
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.2See 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”).3See Who Should Not Receive The Flu Nasal Spray
- “Cold remedies: What works, what doesn't, what can't hurt.” Retrieved August 7, 2018, from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/common-cold/in-depth/cold-remedies/art-20046403
- “Influenza (flu).” Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine. (n.d.). Retrieved August 7, 2018, from https://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/vaccine/quadrivalent.htm
- “Live Attenuated Influenza Vaccine [LAIV] (The Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine)” Retrieved August 7, 2018, from https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/nasalspray.htm