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Cold and flu season hits mid-Missouri

It’s virus season in mid-Missouri and that means more patients are coming in to see doctors.

Dr. Christelle Ilboudo from MU Health Care tells ABC 17 News people tend to stay inside as it gets colder, clearing the way for viruses.

“Some viruses only come around the fall and winter season, so it’s a combination of cold weather, people’s habits in general and the fact that we have winter and fall viruses that we see often at this time of the year,” Ilboudo said.

To avoid getting ill, the infectious disease specialist recommends that everyone gets a vaccine shot.

You can do that at your local quick care, pharmacy or even schedule an appointment with your doctor.

If you find yourself waking up with a high fever, sore throat, or muscle aches, see your doctor and stay home.

Also, be sure to drink as much fluids as you can to avoid getting dehydrated.

Lastly, if you haven’t gotten it yet, make an appointment to get that flu shot.

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