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Avoid The Common Cold & Flu

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - As temperatures continue to drop, doctors will probably start seeing more people get sick.

"We started seeing flu as early as late August,"said Dr. Melanie Keene Hall of Oak Grove Family Clinic.

"The flu tends to be more severe," she said.

Hall says it's important to know the difference between the symptoms of the common cold and influenza.

"Symptoms of a common cold may include slight fever, body aches, coughing sneezing, maybe even sore throat and with the flu we tend to see a higher fever," she said.

Doctors say the best way to combat the common cold and flu is to always remember to wash your hands.

"Good hygiene is very important and if you do cough or sneeze do it in your arm.," Hall said.

Hall says it's not to late to get the seasonal flu shot.

Having a good balanced diet also helps boost your immune system this time of the year.

"You are going to need the antioxidants with vitamins  that help build white blood cells which fight infection and seek out germs," said Dietitian Stephanie Owen with the Hattiesburg Clinic.

She said you can find those vitamins in most of your fruits and veggies.

"Very colorful vegetables and fruits, that are purple blue red orange," she said. "It's better to have them raw or lightly cooked."

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