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Cough, Cold, Sore Throat and the Flu

Coughs, colds, sore throat and flu affect each of us at some time or another. They are caused by infections with bacteria and viruses.

How are Coughs, Colds, Sore Throats and the Flu Treated?

While many times a cold or cough has to "run it's course", there are things you can do to feel better. Our family medicine doctors and their care teams can help you manage your cough, cold, sore throat, or flu symptoms.

Contact Us

If you have symptoms, contact one of our family medicine locations to make an appointment.

We have extended, urgent care hours and offer walk in flu clinics during the cold and flu season.

Cough, Cold, Sore Throat and the Flu: Additional Resources

Visit our Health Library to learn more about coughs, colds, sore throats and the flu:

Visit our patient education website for additional information on the flu:

Contact a Family Medicine Health Center

UPMC's Department of Family Medicine has several locations throughout the city of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.

Find a family medicine health center close to you and call us to make an appointment or find out how we can help you with your primary care needs.


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