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Cold & Flu Prevention Center

Stop a Cold in Its Tracks

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As soon as you feel symptoms

Start drinking water or juice

Staying hydrated cuts down on symptoms like a sore throat and stuffy nose, says William Schaffner, MD, professor and chair of the department of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

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