Common Fall Illnesses

In the fall, your immune system is vulnerable to several bacteria and viruses that weren’t a concern in summer. Especially with children heading back to school, many common fall illnesses will be ramping up. With any infection, prevention is the best method of protection, especially where the coronavirus has made it difficult to differentiate from sicknesses such as the common cold or flu. By implementing prevention methods, you will benefit your health as well as others.  

Below is a list of some common fall illnesses and their prevention methods: 

The Common Cold 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands  
  • Stay away from people who are sick  

The Flu  

  • The best way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated every year  


  • Wash your hands often with soap and water 
  • Keep the inside of your nose moist with nasal saline sprays 
  • Avoid smoke 


  • Eat a healthy diet 
  • Control your body weight 
  • Exercise regularly to keep your joints flexible 


The illnesses listed above are just a few of many that occur during the fall. Ultimately if you are not feeling well, stay at home. The pandemic has caused more people than usual to become sick during this time. Taking extra safety precautions such as wearing a mask and frequently washing your hands can make a huge difference. Learn more about coronavirus symptoms and ways to get vaccinated here.