It's flu season, and here are some tips for fighting the flu.
The best defense against the flu really is to get your flu shot. Children over 6 months of age, pregnant women, people with chronic illnesses and people over 65 are all considered high-risk. Any adult should also consider getting the flu shot. If you still get the flu after being immunized it ill likely be less severe and you'll reduce your risk for complications like pneumonia.
The best immune boosters are exercise (30 minutes at least 4 times a week), sleep (8 hours each night), food (6-9 servings of fruit and veggies daily) and taking a multivitamin. You might also consider taking extra Vitamin C (500 mg) with a full glass of water 4 times a day during flu season.
See your dentist because things like chronic gum disease make you more susceptible to the flu!
Take a dose of vitamin D (it's an immunity enhancer). Adults should take 5,000 IU daily.
Try green tea.
Wash your hands frequently. Cough into your sleeve (the Frankenstein cough). If you are sick, stay home, keep sick children home and call the doctor when running a fever (just to be on the safe side).
Source: BHG October 2008
By Skibum1910 from Prospect, KY
People over 65 and all who are health high risk at any age should also have pneumonia shots to reduce the chances of blood infections and meningitis just in case they do still get the flu or pneumonia.
My doctor told me the flu shot contained Mercury. I am Leary of giving my kids anymore shots, especially if they contain mercury. I am not going to give them the H1N1 due to lack of testing on it.
Just so everyone knows, flu shots are available without the Mercury based preservative Thimerosal. All you need to do is ask for it and a doctor should already know that. And Thimerosal is not the same as Mercury in thermometers.
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