The flu, also known as influenza, is a respiratory infection that is contagious and symptoms can vary since there are diverse types. Type A is continuously changing and has the ability to also infect animals. Type B only appears in humans, is less severe than type A and does not cause pandemics. However, type A and B are commonly known as the seasonal flu and are included in the vaccination. Much like type B, type C is found in humans but is much less severe. Influenza type D does not generally affect people.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2014), “The influenza A (H1N1) virus that emerged in 2009 caused the first global influenza pandemic in more than 40 years.”
The seasonal flu vaccine includes types A and B, but does not protect against influenza type C. As noted above, type C does not cause epidemics and is a milder flu. The CDC states that (2017), “When more people get vaccinated against the flu, less flu can spread through that community.” A common misconception about the flu vaccine is that it will actually give you the flu. It cannot give you the flu, however, you may notice slight side effects. I was once a believer in this fallacy until my doctor discussed it with me during pregnancy. Furthermore, although the vaccine protects you, because type A can evolve, I believe that you cannot be immune to the flu, but rather just resistant.
The cold and flu are both respiratory sicknesses and antibiotics will not cure a cold since it is a viral infection, much like the flu. Antibiotics are meant to treat bacterial infections. The CDC states that if you have a cold, antibiotics will not work (2017). It was interesting to learn that taking antibiotics, when not necessary, actually allowed more harmful bacteria to enter your body while taking away the healthy bacteria; that could result into actually getting a bacterial sickness.
Fighting the cold or flu is important since I have very young children. I believe staying hydrated and well rested helps to recover from a cold. My favorite fluid to drink while sick is Pedialyte, and I swear by it. It has far less sugar in it than Gatorade or soda. To hydrate in any situation, I drink Pedialyte. I also wash my hands and clean with disinfectant often to prevent sickness in my home. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration also listed washing hands often, staying rested and hydrated to battle and prevent the cold (2016). This is a government and well reputable site.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2014). Influenza (Flu) Viruses. Retrieved from
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Disease. (2017). Preventing Seasonal Flu with Vaccinations. Retrieved from 
U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (2016). Get Set for a Healthy Winter Season. Retrieved from