Every winter season, we look forward to the holidays, good food, time off work and school, and spending time with family and friends. But one thing we never want is to get sick. Unfortunately, there are a variety of winter respiratory illnesses that attack millions of people in the United States every year. Let’s take
The flu season generally extends from October through May, with most cases making their mark between December and early March. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the 2017-2018 influenza season was a high-severity flu season, with high levels of both outpatient clinic visits and emergency room visits due to influenza-like illnesses.
Germs Have Seasons Too The common cold is more common in the fall and the spring; and the flu is more common in the winter. That is because the viruses, which cause the common cold—rhinoviruses—peak in the spring and fall months, and influenza viruses peak in the winter. Because the weather during fall and