Jack Frost is no friend when you have arthritis. Winter brings the challenges of sore throats, slippery sidewalks and cold, stiff joints. Linda Russell, MD, a rheumatologist at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, offers these tips for staying well, safe and comfortable when cold weather hits.
Get your flu shot. Having a chronic disease or being over 65 puts you at risk of more severe flu than other people. While you’re getting your flu shot, ask your doctor if you need any other immunizations, Dr. Russell says.
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