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How our bodies battle sudden cold weather

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Combine the perils of an extreme flu season with the sudden temperature drop in the Las Vegas valley and that's a recipe for sickness, according to FOX5 medical expert Dr. Daliah Wachs.

"We get exposed (to bugs) all the time, but who gets sick and who doesn't? The ones that have a weak opportunity, a weak window in their immune system, that's when that bug takes over," said Wachs.  

The quick climate change that will last for several days and include freeze warnings, essentially leaves our bodies in a state of shock according to Wachs, just the opportunity for germs to move in.

"When you have a drop, sometimes that could stress your immune system and puts you just in enough stress that when you're exposed to a bug, rather than be able to fight it, it'll take over," she said. 

Wachs said try to avoid exposure to the extreme cold as much as you can and if you think you're exposed to a bug you can take a hot shower to try and wash it away. 

Seniors and infants have the hardest time adjusting to chilly temperatures.

Catholic Charities was out Friday night to make sure some valley seniors have everything they need in the cold, through a program is called Senior Companions.

"It's important for us to check on them, call them, make sure that they have the blankets they need, make sure their heat is working," said program supervisor Monica Grace. "A lot of our seniors don't have family in town."

On this night, 83-year-old Carmen Roybal, who battles lupus, got a visit - and a blanket from Grace. Enough to keep a smile on the senior's face during a cold winters' night.

"Without (Monica) I'd just be lost because she's done a lot for me," said Roybal.

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