What's Your Cold and Flu IQ?

Take our quiz to find out how much you really know about keeping your family well this season.
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1. It's tough to tell whether your child has influenza or just a bad cold, but it's probably flu if...

A. she had a sore, scratchy throat a few days ago and now she has a drippy nose and a cough.
B. she's a mucus machine.
C. she was fine when you picked her up at school, but by dinner she had a fever, a bad headache, and was too wiped out to play.

2. Are you getting the flu vaccine?

A. Yes -- and so is your whole family.
B. You're skipping it because you got one last year.
C. You'll get it, but your kids won't. They're healthy and can fight off whatever's going around.

3. When should you call the doctor about a fever?

A. If your baby is under 3 months old and has a temperature higher than 100.4?F
B. If your child seems sicker about an hour after being given acetaminophen or ibuprofen (for babies older than 6 months)
C. If your child develops a gasping, wheezing, or whooping cough

4. You can tell when your child needs an antibiotic because...

A. her phlegm is clear and watery.
B. her phlegm is thick and more of a yellow-green shade.
C. it's been a week and she seems to be getting worse.

5. Your child has a runny nose and a bit of a cough but otherwise seems fine, and you really have to be at work today. You should...

A. send him to day care as long as he doesn't have a fever.
B. drop him off and pray the phone doesn't ring in the next hour.
C. keep him home.

6. Your 5-year-old's cough has been keeping her up every night. She desperately needs a good night's sleep -- and so does the rest of the family. That's why you're planning to...

A. give her half the dose of the OTC cough medicine that you give your 12-year-old.
B. rub her chest with Vicks VapoRub.
C. give her an antihistamine that'll make her drowsy. (Okay, so it's not the best thing to do, but it's only for one night -- and you're all starting to lose it.)

7. Your preschooler came home with a cold and promptly gave it to your 17-month-old. If you'd been smart, you would have:

A. strapped a mask on your preschooler as soon as he showed the first signs of sickness.
B. been more vigilant about making sure your older child didn't kiss or play with the baby.
C. sent your preschooler to stay with your child-free (and gracious) sister for a few days.

8. The best way to reduce the duration of flu or a cold is to...

A. ramp up the vitamin C.
B. look for natural herbal remedies such as echinacea, zinc, and oscillococcinum.
C. pack up and flee to the tropics for the winter.

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