Some people are more susceptible than others to developing complications of the flu. Experts say it's especially important that people with these risk factors speak with a doctor about getting the annual flu vaccine.
The American Academy of Family Physicians says people at greater risk of flu complications include
Young people aged 6 months to 19 years.
Adults 50 and older.
People with chronic health problems.
Women who are pregnant or may become pregnant.
Anyone living in a nursing home or long-term care facility.
Health care workers in direct contact with patients.
People who care for children younger than 6 months.
Health Tip: Can't Kick the Common Cold?
There's no cure for the common cold, but there are things you can do to help feel better while your immune system fights the virus.
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases offers these suggestions
Rest in bed.
Drink lots of fluids.
To help a sore throat, suck on ice chips, use lozenges or a throat spray, or gargle with warm salt water.
For a stuffy nose, use a saline nasal spray or decongestant.
Apply petroleum jelly to a sore, raw nose.
Take acetaminophen or aspirin to help manage fever and headache. Never give aspirin to children younger than 13, however.