It’s that time of year when almost everyone you know is suffering from a cold, the flu, or a stomach virus. While some will be lucky enough to escape the season with nothing more than perhaps a few sniffles, many will develop more serious winter illnesses such as bronchitis and pneumonia. Bronchitis and pneumonia share a number of common traits and symptoms, but pneumonia can lead to serious complications—particularly for the elderly and those with weak immune systems.
Flu viruses are most common during the fall and winter months, with activity typically increasing in October and often not dwindling until April or May. So, what can you do to decrease your chances of getting sick this year? Aside from maintaining good hygiene, there’s no better defense against influenza than the flu shot.
June is one of the most beautiful months of the year in New England, not to mention the perfect time to get outside and be active. It’s a runner’s paradise—not too hot, not too cool—and tailor-fit for hiking, biking, tennis and other outdoor activities. Along with June, however, always comes an influx of injuries across all of our ConvenientMD locations, with sprains and strains topping the list.
Winter is in full-swing, which has many people gearing up for skiing, snowboarding and other outdoor excursions now that the holidays are behind us. Unfortunately, the winter months also come at a time of year when colds, the flu and other illnesses begin to run rampant. While most people understand the differences between influenza “the flu” and the common cold, symptoms between the two are commonly mixed-up, which can be dangerous given that influenza can cause more serious illness.