Cold and Flu Resources

Get the latest cold and flu information from Providence experts.

How to choose between the ER, urgent care and your PCP
Learn about primary care, urgent care and emergency medicine now so that when seconds count, you know your options.
RSV, Flu & COVID: What you need to know
As fall and winter move in, your children may be exposed to the triple threat of RSV, the flu and COVID-19. Here’s how to tell the difference.
What your doctor wishes you knew about the flu
Think you know all there is to know about the flu? Hear from a doctor about common myths and why you should get a flu vaccine.
Sick kid? How to get through the flu.
If your child is sick, you’re miserable, too. Here’s how to tell if your child has a cold or the flu, how to treat, and when to take them to the doctor.
How to protect yourself this flu season
The flu can be life-threatening for anyone — especially those who are 65 and older or pregnant, or young children and infants. Learn how to protect yourself.
Hunker down at home with a cold or flu
The best way to handle sickness is to get lots of rest and stay away from others. Learn more ways to treat a cold or flu this fall and winter.
Donate blood to save a life
It’s National Blood Donor Month, and we’re giving you the basic facts about who can donate blood and what it’s like.
Rise in pediatric flu and RSV cases
Know where and when to seek care for your child
Why wearing a mask is still a smart practice
Not sure when or how to wear a mask when you head out the door? Get answers to commonly asked questions on masks, kids and dealing with mask anxiety.
Cold? Flu? COVID? How do I know?
Determine symptoms of COVID, Flu or Cold
Flu shots lessen the impact of a COVID-flu combo
Getting a flu vaccine is one of the most important things you can do to stay healthy and protect yourself this fall and winter.
Is it allergies, a cold, the flu or COVID-19? (Infographic)
Allergies, colds, flu and COVID-19 share many symptoms, but there are key differences. This infographic outlines how to tell them apart.
How do you know if your teen has mono?
Discover whether the “kissing disease” might be responsible for your teen’s fatigue, fever, sore throat, headache and body aches.
“Alexa, book me an Express Care appointment”
Providence St. Joseph Health and Amazon team up to bring Express Care appointments to Alexa.
How to get through your child's flu
This infographic offers helpful tips and to-dos for parents while their child is sick with the seasonal cold or flu.
How to host a healthy holiday, featuring Express Care
Follow these quick tips for a healthier holiday gathering. If symptoms show up to the party, Express Care can be your fastest way back to the festivities.
How to help prevent the flu (on top of the shot)
Practicing good hygiene and developing healthy habits, in addition to getting the flu shot, helps your body fend off the flu. Express Care is your fast path to treatment if you're seeing flu symptoms.
Keep your kids healthy this winter
Follow these children's health guidelines and download the Circle app for parenting tips and tools as you prepare for winter holiday parties and celebrations.
How to protect your family from food poisoning
Equip yourself with the smarts to keep your family’s dinner table safe from germs and toxins that cause food poisoning.
Get your flu shot now!
The good news for flu season is that treatment options are available.
Viral gastroenteritis is no fun, but it's not the flu
Symptoms of viral gastroenteritis include diarrhea, vomiting and nausea. People often call it stomach flu, but it's not influenza.
5 skin conditions that commonly thrive at the gym—and how to avoid them
Fungi and bacteria lurk on your favorite workout machines and in common areas at the gym. Learn how to protect your skin against gym germs.
Ask the pediatrician: Surprising facts about swimmer’s ear
Did you know you can get swimmer's ear without getting wet? Swimmer's ear isn't your garden variety ear infection, and it needs to be treated differently.
Here’s how to make your child’s earaches less of a pain
There are many reasons why your child’s ear may be hurting, so it’s best to have a doctor examine it to ensure it is treated properly.
First-aid tips and a DIY kit for minor cuts and scrapes
Proper care for minor cuts, wounds and scrapes reduces the risk of infection and helps minimize scarring. Treat them with these first-aid tips and make your own first-aid kit.
Flu season is almost upon us: See a provider about the flu vaccine soon
Changes in flu treatment may be on the horizon, but health officials say you should continue to get an annual flu shot.
Diverticulitis may be on the rise: Diet can decrease risk
The incidence of the intestinal disease diverticulitis appears to be increasing; the cause is not definitively known, but some likely culprits are, and a high-fiber diet may reduce risk.
Why does your young athlete need an annual sports physical?
Just as sports can be for everybody, a pre-participation physical exam should be, too, especially for young athletes.
Can you just butterfly it yourself?
Some cuts and abrasions require minimal treatment while others are serious enough to require a trip to the emergency room; all cuts, however, share a common pattern for assessment and treatment.
7 natural treatments for allergy relief
Allergy medication doesn’t seem to work? Consider one of these alternative treatments to alleviate runny nose, itchy eyes and other symptoms.