Catching a Cold when it's Cold

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If you stepped outside Tuesday, no doubt you noticed the drop in the temperature, and when it comes to cold weather, we've all heard the saying, 'You better bundle up before you catch a cold.'

Well, even though medical experts suggest getting flu shots in the fall, they also say influenza and the common cold are not actually caused by cold weather.

Certified family nurse practitioner Tony Goocey says respiratory illnesses do peak in the fall and winter, but this is partly because more indoor activities cause more germs to spread.

"That's commonly what we call an old wise tale. But like I said there is some association with increase in respiratory infections during the fall and winter months, and so I think that's where the connection comes in, but it doesn't really have anything to do with being cold," Goocey said.

He says one of the best ways to prevent getting sick is to wash your hands often.

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