Talking to Your Doctor About Viral Upper Respiratory Infections (Colds and Influenza)
by Michael Jubinville, MPH
You have a unique medical history. Therefore, it is essential to talk with your doctor about your personal risk factors or experience with colds and the flu. By talking openly and regularly with your doctor, you can take an active role in your care.
General Tips for Gathering Information
To make it easier for you to talk to your doctor:
Specific Questions to Ask Your Healthcare Provider
About Your Risk of Developing Complications
About Treatment and Prevention Options
About Your Outlook
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Influenza. Merck Manual Professional Version website. Available at: https://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/infectious-diseases/respiratory-viruses/influenza. Updated June 2018. Accessed September 14, 2018.
Influenza in adults. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://www.dynamed.com/condition/influenza-in-adults. Updated September 13, 2018. Accessed September 14, 2018.
Upper respiratory infection (URI) in adults and adolescents. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://www.dyname.... Updated November 29, 2018. Accessed September 14, 2018.
Last reviewed September 2018 by EBSCO Medical Review Board David L. Horn, MD, FACP
Last Updated: 11/11/2020
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