Avoid The Common Cold & Flu - WHLT 22 Connecting the Pine Belt

Avoid The Common Cold & Flu

Posted: Updated:

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."

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Local Group Home Receives Surprise After Facebook Post

    Local Group Home Receives Surprise After Facebook Post

    Thursday, July 31 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-07-31 22:18:45 GMT
    PURVIS, Miss. - A localgroup hometakes a cable bill dispute to facebook and receives a surprising response. "Thirteen-hundred bucks for us is a lot of money. That's enough to feed every kid on this campus forone year," said Michael Garrett, the founder and operator of Homes Of Hope For Children.That's how much money Garrett says Comcast was supposed to creditthe non-profitorganization thathas provided less fortunate children with a normal home setting since 2010.Garrett says that after he saw...
    PURVIS, Miss. - A localgroup hometakes a cable bill dispute to facebook and receives a surprising response. "Thirteen-hundred bucks for us is a lot of money. That's enough to feed every kid on this campus forone year," said Michael Garrett, the founder and operator of Homes Of Hope For Children.That's how much money Garrett says Comcast was supposed to creditthe non-profitorganization thathas provided less fortunate children with a normal home setting since 2010.Garrett says that after he saw...
  • 16-year-old girl stabs another 65 times after nude photos posted on Facebook

    16-year-old girl stabs another 65 times after nude photos posted on Facebook

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 3:29 PM EDT2014-04-02 19:29:36 GMT
    A 16-year-old girl is accused of fatally stabbing her teen ‘best friend' in an attack spurred by nude photos of the pair together posted on social media, according to several media sources.  Anel Baez,
    A 16-year-old girl is accused of fatally stabbing her teen ‘best friend' in an attack spurred by nude photos of the pair together posted on social media, according to several media sources.  Anel Baez,
  • HPD Searching for Daniell Motors Vehicle

    HPD Searching for Daniell Motors Vehicle

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 9:03 PM EDT2014-07-31 01:03:50 GMT
    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Hattiesburg Police are investigating a missing a car from a Daniell Motors car dealership.A brand new2012 Ford Escape was stolen from the lot Monday night.The the owners of Daniell Motors say the car was deliveredthat same dayand mysteriously left the lot shortly after. If you have any information on the missing vehicle please contact the Hattiesburg Police Department.
    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Hattiesburg Police are investigating a missing a car from a Daniell Motors car dealership.A brand new2012 Ford Escape was stolen from the lot Monday night.The the owners of Daniell Motors say the car was deliveredthat same dayand mysteriously left the lot shortly after. If you have any information on the missing vehicle please contact the Hattiesburg Police Department.
Powered by WorldNow

5912 Hwy. 49, Ste. A
Hattiesburg, MS 39401

Telephone: 601.545.2077
Fax: 601.545.3589
Email: newsroom@whlt.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.