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Survey Finds Nearly Half (42%) of Americans Believe Getting Sick During Cold and Flu Season is Inevitable

A new survey of more than 2,000 American adults found 42 percent believe getting sick is inevitable during cold and flu season. Most people surveyed also believe the workplace and public transportation are the most likely sources of infection.

The survey was conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of the American Osteopathic Association in December. 

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​DOs are licensed physicians who can prescribe medication and practice in all specialty areas, including surgery, in the United States. They complete approximately four years of medical school followed by graduate medical education through internship and residency programs typically lasting three to eight years. In addition, DOs receive extra training in the musculoskeletal system, providing them with an in-depth knowledge of the ways that illness or injury in one part of the body can affect another. As one of the fastest-growing segments of health care professionals in the nation, the number of DOs has grown more than 200% during the past 25 years.