Flu season is once again upon us, usually starts in February and can last as late as May. Just what we all want to hear, I know. It has been suggested by doctors, television commercials and the like to get vaccinated each year. This I believe should be for the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems. When it comes to children, teens, young adults and healthy people I am not so sure that it is really beneficial as viruses keep changing so you end up with several different strains of the nasty little bug. However, it is really a personal choice, I myself nor my son has ever received a flu shot as I strongly feel the body is quite capable of healing itself given the right tools and to boot I have a compromised immune system.
Here are some tips that can help prevent the spread of the flu:
Avoid close contact
Stay home when you are sick
Cover your mouth and nose
Clean your hands
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
Practice other good health habits
Drink plenty of liquids (if able to keep them down) such as water, gatorade, or pedialyte
Avoid caffeinated drinks such as coffee, tea, and soda (these will dehydrate you)
Eat chicken noodle soup as it really does help the body
Avoid dairy products
Get plenty of rest
If you choose to get vaccinated, please keep in mind it only helps to lessen the symptoms of the flu, does not prevent people from getting the flu. My son and I pretty much have been lucky in the fact that in the last several years we have not gotten really sick with the flu, we get a touch of it, but by following the tips we recover just fine and our bodies fight it the natural way.
Just a note: in no way I am saying do or do not get vaccinated, this is your personal choice and you have to decide what is best for you and your family. I am not a doctor, this is just what I do for myself and my son but wanted to share some basic tips with you all regarding the prevention or at least try and prevent the flu from attacking full force.