First day of fall ushers in virus season, get ready

By: Lisa McDivitt Email
By: Lisa McDivitt Email

It’s the first day of fall, and with the changing leaves and the cooler temperatures, these seasonal changes also come with viruses.

And with all the talk of H1N1, how do you know if your sniffles are the result of the common cold or something much more serious?

The weather has changed dramatically from just a few weeks ago and it’s time to start thinking about staying healthy during these colder months.

Flu, H1N1, and the common cold… this winter could be a cornucopia of viruses.

Symptoms of the cold are less severe: stuffy nose, congestion, some body aches and a cough.

In the flu and H1N1, symptoms consist of fever, more body aches, dry cough and severe fatigue.

In young children and seniors, seasonal flu can be fatal.

In H1N1, young people six months to 25-years-old and pregnant women are at most risk for serious complications.

The best way to avoid all of these bugs?

Wash your hands and keep them away from your mouth, nose and eyes.
And you can forget that myth about staying out of the cold, it doesn’t seem that playing in the cold, sleeping with the window open, going out with your hair wet lead to a change in your chances of getting infected.

So, eat well and keep active to stay healthy.

But if you do get ill and have severe symptoms, see your doctor, then stay home because it’s the best way to keep others from getting infected.

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