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Look out for colds and flu this winter season. Both can be nasty and run the gamut from mild to severe. While there is no known cure or orthodox method to prevent the common cold, there is the flu vaccine and every reason to be immunized.

Colds are not fun and more common than the flu. CDC data indicate that adults have 2-3 colds per year while children get 8-12 colds per year. Most colds are caused by viruses, so antibiotics are useless and place you at real risk of messing up your natural protective mechanisms. So, don’t go to your doctor and ask him for any variety of popular antibiotics because they might cause more harm than good. Colds are caused most commonly by rhinoviruses (nose viruses), but many other viruses can cause the symptoms of a cold: adenoviruses, coronaviruses, enteroviruses, parainfluenza, respiratory syncytial virus and more.