Dr. Pamela Smith, ND 

Dr. Pam has a family practice at The Nest Family Wellness Centre which offers naturopathic and midwifery care. She combines science-based natural medicine with conventional medical therapeutics. Learn more about Dr. Pam and the services offered by her clinic here, or book an appointment at www.drpamelasmith.com.

Check out the latest Ask Dr Pam Q&A and posts by topic below as well as her health and wellness posts.

Ask Dr Pam   

How many times a year is considered normal to get colds and flu's?

On average, an adult contracts a common cold virus approximately 2-4 times per year, a school aged child approximately six times, and an infant as many as eight times per year. It is estimated that 40% of time lost from work and 30% of school absences are due to the common cold. 

The primary season for colds is typically between late August and April and for flu’s between January and February. However, you could catch a colds and/or flu at any time of year, especially if your immune system is compromised due to traveling or an illness.

Tips for maintaing health while travelling are available here. Read this post to find out the difference between cold, flu's and allergies. For information about preventing allergies, check out this post. Tips for preventing colds and flu's can be found here and about preventing the spread of colds and flu's here.