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2015dec_logoIf ever there were a perfect name for a malady, it’s the ‘common cold.’ Common indeed—upper respiratory tract infections are the most common infectious illness in the US, and the leading reason for missing work or school.1 Acute bronchitis—is close behind.2 About 5% of adults and 6% of children have at least one episode of acute bronchitis each year.3 The diagnosis of acute bronchitis should be made only when there is no clinical or radiographic evidence of pneumonia, and the common cold, acute asthma, or an exacerbation of COPD have been ruled out as the cause of cough.  Finally, add influenza, which can afflict up to 20% of the population in a given year and you can see that many people suffer.4