It’s a fact of parenting life: Kids equal germs. They share toys, put things
in their mouths, and rub their faces with grubby little hands. During the fall
and winter, schools, day care centers, and other places where children gather
act as incubators for colds and the flu. So flu prevention for children is much
more complicated than it is for adults.
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Once we endure the sniffles, coughs, and flu bugs of childhood and
adolescence, most of us can expect to be "under the weather" a lot less as
"If you’re an adult, you’ve probably had most of the childhood diseases
already and have an acquired immunity, so your resistance is a little higher,"
says Russell Robertson, MD, chair of family medicine at Northwestern
University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. "So if you’ve been properly
immunized, and you take good care of yourself, you have every reason to expect
that you will not get sick as often as you did when you were younger."
That doesn’t mean that once you hit 25 or 30, you’ll never get sick again.
Dozens of different viruses can cause colds and flu, so you are likely to get a
cold now and then. Watch out for the many other illnesses that aren’t related
to infections, too.
"But if you’re eating right, exercising, and keeping an eye on family
history and risk factors that might predispose you to illness, you should
expect a very healthy middle age," says Robertson.