Doctor weighs in on how to prevent fall respiratory illnesses
ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – The arrival of fall means the flu season is upon us.
The exact reason for why is uncertain, fall is a season where respiratory illnesses happen more often.
“It’s people moving indoors, getting in close proximity to each other, sort of breathing the same air because they are in an enclosed space.”
Fall respiratory illnesses include the flu, COVID-19, allergies, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).
Dr. Mckinney explained these illnesses all have cold-like symptoms such as a runny nose, cough, fever, headache, and muscle aches.
“If you feel sick, do not go to work. Do not go to school.”
Dr. McKinney suggests wearing a mask, but above all, getting vaccinated. He said it is also best to avoid crowded spaces.
“I think the main thing is people should go ahead and get vaccinated. It is safe. It is far safer than getting the disease. The reason we developed the vaccines is to keep people from getting sick and so getting the vaccine prevents you.”
Flu shots are currently available at Hyvee and CVS Pharmacies in Rochester.
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