4 Steps to be Safe this Flu Season

4 Steps to be safe this flu season

The flu season usually occurs in the colder months of the year. Here in the US, the season begins in late October and stretches into early April. Here are 4 tips to help keep you healthy this season…

1Wash your hands

Washing your hands is the number one way to stop the spread of the influenza virus, which can live on the surface of your hands, counters, and door handles for up to two days in certain conditions.

2Wear a mask around anyone who might have the flu

Surgical masks act as a barrier between you and the flu virus. Influenza can be spread by what the medical community calls “droplet transmission,” meaning that when someone sneezes or coughs, the virus can be spread through the air for up to 3 feet. If someone in your home is sick, you may want to take this extra precaution.
Anatomy Lesson: While the mask protects you, its goal is really to protect your mucous membranes, or the more permeable skin that lines the inside of your respiratory and digestive organs (mouth and nose). These mucous membranes are more penetrable than your skin – which means that microbes like viruses can be absorbed and potentially make you sick. Don’t forget that your eyes are another entryway for germs. Ignore the urge to rub your eyes or touch your nose with unwashed hands – especially during flu season!

3Get your Vitamin D

In the summer months, most of us get our vitamin D – which is vital to immune function – from the sun, but in the winter some of us need a little help. Talk to your doctor about a simple blood test to determine if you are deficient.

Our partners at the NVIC add that vitamin D in addition to the Vitamin C can be important to flu prevention.

4Consider the Influenza Vaccine

Deciding to vaccinate is a personal decision and one that should be made only after you have considered all available information.
  • The CDC recommends “a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease.”
  • The flu shot is not risk free. Mild side effects of the flu shot can include mild soreness, redness, or swelling at the injection site, cough, fever, headache, hoarseness, fatigue, and aches. Symptoms of the flu are almost identical, and include: cough, fever and chills, headache, sore throat, fatigue, and body aches.
  • The CDC also lists the following as “moderate problems” associated with the flu vaccine:
    • Chance of serious injury or death
    • Young children who receive inactivated flu vaccine and pneumococcal vaccine at the same time may be at increased risk for seizures caused by fever.
  • Pregnant mothers are told that getting the flu can lead to negative outcomes for their baby. What they don’t know is that the flu shot creates the same potential damage that getting the flu creates. It is the inflammation caused by the immune response, not the virus, which causes harm. If you would like to read more check out…
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2 Comments

David Loewe

Flu season begins in winter because thats we get less sun and have less Vit D being made from cholesterol in our skin. The amounts in supplements traditionally have been 400 to 800 IU. Recent studies show that the vitamin D in supplements is not as effective as that made using sunlight. Ingestion of 4,500 IU is needed before ANY benefit occurs and I advise 7,000 daily.
Don’t get a flu shot. Spain just became the fourth European country to win a suit against Smith-Galaxo-Kline re: the shot. Why ruin your immune system?
If you get a flu, take 2g vit-C/hr. every day until you have loose stool. Then 1g/hr. (virus don’t reproduce well when the bit-c in your blood is good enough.

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