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Friday, October 26, 2018

Does cold weather make you sick: What's the link?

A number of different respiratory viruses travel together during the colder months, October-April. Some manifest flu-like symptoms, but unlike for the influenza virus, we have no vaccinations for these other respiratory viruses. Indeed, many instances of "getting the flu after getting the flu shot" is probably due to one of these other viruses. After the first holiday contacts (Halloween and Thanksgiving) where contagion is spread by increased person-to-person exposures, viral spread typically goes rampant. Between October-April, keep those hands clean, avoid hand-to-face contact, and get the flu shot before Thanksgiving.
from Rajesh Harrykissoon, MD

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