11 easy ways to boost your health this fall

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Fall has fallen into place. The days are getting shorter, temperatures are vacillating and the threat of a cold, the flu, seasonal allergies and COVID-19 are all about to mingle. It’s a lot to contend with, but there are a number of simple things we can do to stay healthy this fall, say public health experts.TODAY spoke with Lorna Thorpe, Ph.D., M.P.H., director of the division of epidemiology in the department of population health at NYU Langone Medical Center, and Dr. S. Patrick Kachur, M.P.H., a professor of population and family health at the Columbia University Medical Center, both in New York City, to find out what we can do to try to stack the odds in our favor. Here are their tips for boosting physical health, mental health and immunity throughout the autumn season. Oct. 9, 202007:591. Get a flu shotBoth experts emphasize that getting a flu shot this fall is paramount. “One of the challenges is we really don’t know what the risk of having the flu and COVID — either back-to-back or at the same time — is going to be,” Kachur told TODAY. “Even simple respiratory infections, like colds, could make you more susceptible …

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