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Cold and Flu Appointment Guide

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Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • What other medical conditions do you have?
  • What medications, including prescriptions, over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and supplements do you take?
  • Do you have any allergies?
  • Is anyone else in your household sick?
  • Do you live with anyone who is under the age of two, older than 65, pregnant, or has cancer or another disease that affects the immune system?
  • Describe your symptoms. Do you have a fever, chills, fatigue, sore throat, sneezing or a persistent cough?
  • How severe are your symptoms?
  • When did your symptoms start?
  • Have your symptoms been constant or did they improve and then return and get worse?
  • What makes your symptoms better or worse?
  • Have you had a flu shot?
  • What side effects are you experiencing with your medication?
  • What new symptoms are you experiencing?
  • Do my symptoms mean I have a cold or flu?
  • How do you diagnose cold and flu?
  • How do you know whether it is a cold or the flu?
  • What treatments are available for cold and flu?
  • What should I do if my symptoms get worse?
  • What treatments do you recommend for cold and flu?
  • Are there home remedies that would help me feel better?
  • Could another medical condition be causing or contributing to my symptoms?
  • What supplements can help treat cold and flu?
  • Do any of these treatments interfere with my regular medicines or medical conditions?
  • How can I protect others from catching my cold or flu?
  • When is it safe to return to work or school?
  • Could another medicine relieve my symptoms better with fewer side effects?
  • Are my new or different symptoms related to cold or flu?
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Last Review Date: 2018 Nov 7
  1. Cold Versus Flu. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  2. Common Cold. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research.
  3. Influenza (Flu). Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research.
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