• By Deborah Balzer

Mayo Clinic Minute: Tips to prevent cold and flu

March 1, 2017

sick woman flu influenza cold tissue sore throat headache virus glass of waterIt's the peak of the cold and flu season. Typically, the season peaks between December and February, people may continue to get sick as late as May. Public health officials say widespread flu infection has been reported across the country with at least 29 deaths linked to influenza. Dr. Gregory Poland, director of the Mayo Clinic Vaccine Research Group, says it's not too late to get a flu vaccine. And, for those older than age 65 or with a chronic medical condition, he says to consider vaccines against pneumonia.

In this Mayo Clinic Minute, Vivien Williams talks with Dr. Poland about tips to prevent getting a cold or flu.

Watch: The Mayo Clinic Minute

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