Ask the Expert: How Do I Know if it is the Cold or Flu?
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While the antiviral medications are effective when started very early in the course of illness, there can often be unpleasant side effects. More importantly, most influenza can be prevented with the flu vaccine. Both the Centers for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that all children between six months and 18 years be immunized annually to avoid serious illness and complications.