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Winter In Full Swing, Also Brings Cold Season

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Winter is in full swing, which means cold and flu season is also here to stay.

 

 

Doctors at Sparrow Hospital's urgent care clinic say though the clinic has seen an increase in doctor visits, the winter weather isn't the reason why.

 

"Some people think just going outside alone without a coat causes you to catch pneumonia that's not the case. It does put you at an overall risk of being dehydrated or fatigued and that suppresses your immune system and it makes it easier for you to get sick," said Dr. Joel Lopez.

 

While the snow and cold weather aren't the exact causes for colds and sickness, those weather factors certainly don't help stop it from spreading. Doctors say colder weather keeps people indoors and in closer proximity to others, making transmission of an illness easier.

As more snow makes it's way into Michigan, patients are coming from all over just to be seen.

MSU transfer student Taylor Bird came all the way to Sparrow's Mason location after she faced long lines at her local clinic in Holt. "There wasn't a seat available in the waiting room, so I decided to come out here and I hope to be seen by a doctor today," said Bird.

As doctors are trying to cut down the number of patients being seen, Dr. Lopez recommends three ways to prevent yourself from falling victim to the seasonal sickness.

"Make sure they have frequent hand washing. Make sure that if they're near anyone that's sick, that they stay well hydrated, And of course, get yourself an annual flu shot," said Dr. Lopez.

Doctors recommend everyone, no matter their age or gender, should get the flu shot. Sparrow Urgent Care says you don't have to have an appointment to be treated at their centers for a flu shot.

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