What Illnesses Peak in the Fall?

September 9, 2022

As we move into colder months, certain illnesses rise to their peak and spread throughout schools and workplaces. Our immune systems weaken during the fall due to temperature drops, dry cold air, and lack of Vitamin D from the sun. Children are back in school, and the cold air drives us indoors– all leading to an environment for germs to thrive.

These factors increase our susceptibility to a number of illnesses, such as the common cold, flu, and even bronchitis. With COVID-19 pandemic still lingering in our communities, it is more important than ever that we manage and stay ahead of these illnesses. Read on to be informed on these common ailments and learn how to work toward prevention methods you can take to help you stay healthy this fall!


In the fall, cases of flu get more prevalent– causing millions of people to test positive for the flu each year. Each case of flu varies person to person, and can potentially lead to hospitalization and serious illness. Complications of flu can cause bacterial pneumonia, ear and/or sinus infections, and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes, asthma, or congestive heart failure. The best way to stay protected against flu is by visiting urgent care to receive your annual flu vaccination.

The flu shot works by using a weakened strain of the current influenza virus to help your body build immunity to the disease. Influenza strains change each year, so you should receive the vaccine each year to protect against common flu symptoms.

Getting a seasonal flu shot prevents symptoms such as:

  • Coughing
  • Congestion
  • Runny Nose
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle Soreness
  • Fever

Common Cold

Common cold can affect anyone at any time, but fall is the peak time. The first signs of the common cold are relatively normal to us–  stuffy or runny nose, sneezing, and sore throat. Most people quickly recognize these symptoms as the common cold because adults have an average of 2 to 3 colds per year.

The best way you can protect yourself against the common cold is to wash your hands frequently throughout the day. Maintaining health and wellness practices throughout your day, like exercise, eating healthy, and getting enough sleep, can strengthen your immune system and prevent the common cold as well.

Because colds and flu share many symptoms, it can be difficult to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. Visit AFC Urgent Care Bedford to be treated by a team of medical professionals that are able to distinguish which illness you have.


Bronchitis is usually caused by the infection of other general illnesses.. Influenza, common colds, and other upper respiratory illnesses are likely causes of a patient’s bronchitis. Usually, these diseases can lead to specific bronchitis symptoms including the following:

  • Coughing with or without mucus
  • Soreness in the chest
  • Feeling tired (fatigue)
  • Mild headache
  • Mild body aches
  • Sore throat

AFC Urgent Care Bedford offers quality bronchitis treatment for patients experiencing any of the symptoms above.

Get Treatment at AFC Urgent Care Bedford

When it comes to your health and wellness this fall, AFC Urgent Care Bedford has you covered. The clinic offers treatment for many different general illnesses, and can analyze your specific symptoms to get a proper diagnosis. We’re open every day of the week, making healthcare accessible when you need it. Take charge of your health this fall and visit our urgent care center with no appointment necessary. If you have any more questions about our services, walk-in or call today at (781) 430-8161.

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