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By Debi Budnick
Public Health Educator, Klickitat County Public Health Department 

For Your Health

Preventing seasonal illness: start now to get your immune system ready


Lucky us, what a gorgeous fall we’ve had so far Klickitat County. Tougher weather is on the way, however and with it brings seasonal illness such as the cold and flu. This year, send a message to your immune system that you want it to work to keep you healthy by adopting some daily habits that support it.

Seasonal illness is likely caused by changes in the environment. People are spending more time indoors, in close contact with each other, making it easier for germs to spread. Also, decreasing sunlight creates a more hospitable place for germs to live, so viruses linger longer on exposed surfaces. Vitamin D production from sun exposure changes with the seasons too, and this can affe...

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