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Give flu the cold shoulder: prevent flu through vaccines and healthy eating

Posted Sep 23 2011 5:07am

Give flu the cold shoulder: prevent flu through vaccines and healthy eating

There certainly was a chill in the air this morning and the early commute was full of the usual suspects: sleepy, sneezy, coughy… At this time of year, leading medical experts advise us that influenzaA viral infection affecting the respiratory system. does not have to be a fundamental part of the winter season.

Professor Kimberlin of the University of Birmingham, Alabama, USA writes that “Each year, an average of 24,000 people in the United States start the flu season alive and by the end of it have been killed by it…” He believes that this number could be greatly declined by getting an annual flu shot – available at most times of the year.

The NHS estimates that around 600 people a year die on average due to contracting the flu virusA microbe that is only able to multiply within living cells. and propose that the best way to prevent the spread of flu is through good hygiene. By regularly cleaning surfaces such as keyboards, computer mice, telephones and door handles as well as washing your hands regularly with soap and water you can stop yourself from catching, or spreading, flu. If you are pregnant, elderly, have a serious medical condition or work or live in a care home you are able to get a flu jab for free from the NHS.

Mr Christofides of the Epsom and St. Helier Hospitals NHS Trust in Surrey states that one factor which may contribute to a rise in flu levels in the winter is the lack of sunlight. By increasing your intake of vitaminEssential substances that cannot be produced by the body and so must be acquired from the diet. D you can reduce your chances of developing flu along with diseases such as multiple sclerosisA progressive disease of the central nervous system., depressionFeelings of sadness, hopelessness and a loss of interest in life, combined with a sense of reduced emotional well-being and problems with blood pressureThe pressure of blood within the arteries.. Whilst sunlight makes up about 90% of the sources of vitamin D dietary sources include margarine, liverA large abdominal organ that has many important roles including the production of bile and clotting factors, detoxification, and the metabolism of proteins, carbohydrates and fats., oily fish and some breakfast cereals.

The take-home message is that those in high risk categories are welcome to visit their doctors’ surgery for a free flu vaccine and that everyone can reduce the chances of developing flu by practising healthy eating, good hygiene and keeping active. 

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