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The average American adult will sneeze and sniffle through two head colds this year; the average child, up to a dozen. Then there is the bewildering minority who seem to never get sick, the enviable few who breathe through both nostrils all winter.
They are, admittedly, rare. Americans miss 40 million days of work — and make 100 million doctor visits — because of colds each year, according to Jennifer Ackerman, author of the book "Ah-choo! The Uncommon Life of Your Common Cold."
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