Doctor: Rapid weather changes won't make you sick

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STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) -- Over the past few weeks, the weather in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia has been on what some would call a roller coaster, with frigid cold some days and springlike warmth the next.

But, will these rapid temperature changes have a negative impact on your body?

According to Dr. Laura Kornegay, with the Central Shenandoah Health District, the answer is no.

That includes those who suffer from springtime allergies.

"If we have just a few warm peaks, you're not having that increase in pollen that you'll see once the springtime sets in," said Dr. Kornegay. "Typically, [outdoor] allergies are pretty quiet this time of year."

Dr. Kornegay said people should be more concerned about the influenza virus around this time of year. During the last week of December, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported widespread activity in Virginia.

According to Dr. Kornegay, it's not too late to get a flu shot. She also recommended frequently washing hands.

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