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Seasonal flu tips

How to prevent and overcome common winter-related ailments

The winter season can bring much more than colder weather. Whether it’s a common winter illness, an aggravation of existing health conditions in the cold or physical injury from slips and falls on winter ice, there’s much to be wary of in the wintertime.

Our experts have compiled information about some of the most common winter ailments and conditions to consider this season, along with their top tips to combat them in our new Be Winter Wise downloadable guide. Below are a few topics we cover:

  • The "common" cold
  • Seasonal flu
  • Norovirus
  • Bronchiolitis
  • Sore throats and strep throat
  • Pneumonia
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What is the seasonal flu?

Seasonal flu is a respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It's contagious and strikes the respiratory tract through the nose, throat and lungs.

Some people, such as the elderly, infants and young children, and those with certain health conditions, are at a higher risk for serious flu complications. While we recommend everyone get a flu shot to help prevent the flu, we especially recommend individuals who fall in the high-risk category to consider getting a flu shot. Get more information about how to get vaccinated.