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According to studies complied by the University of Cincinnati and its online bachelor of science in respiratory therapy program, cases of respiratory problems tend to be more common during the colder months. Flu and allergy problems increase during the fall and winter, with over 200,000 recorded cases in the US alone. The peak of flu season runs from early in December to February. Fortunately, there are prevention steps you can take to prevent respiratory problems during these colder months.

Asking your doctor if you need an annual flu shot is the first step to take. Some of the most common strains of virus that cause the flu and other respiratory problems can actually be prevented from attacking your system with a simple shot at the beginning of the fall. You can also wash your hands more frequently to avoid infection.

Other prevention tips can be found in the complete Respiratory Health Guide.

This infographic was created by the University of Cincinnati.

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