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Flu Season Is around the Corner; Plan Ahead

Filed Under: Health Aids at 9:13 am | By: Susan Coyle, Senior Editor
Flu VaccineAs if cold, dry skin, chapped lips and blue toes weren’t enough, this winter, many of us will spend our snow days fighting the flu. We’ll be beaten down by fever, headache, fatigue, coughing, sore throat, a runny nose and, if we’re really lucky, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.  We’ll spend hours draped across our beds, bemoaning our fate – a fate that we could have avoided if, in October, we had thought ahead.

Flu season doesn’t peak until January, but it starts in October, which is why the flu vaccine is available now. There are two types of vaccinations: the shot and the nasal spray. The shot is a shot, an injection of dead flu viruses into your arm. The nasal spray is a blast of weakened, live viruses, right into your nose. Both methods are effective; however, neither is necessarily safe for everyone.  For example, children under six months should not receive either. And, only people between five and 49 years of age, who are not pregnant and who don’t have preexisting medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease), should consider the nasal spray. It’s been known to elicit flu-like symptoms in the excluded groups. But, those are generally the only times when flu will follow a flu shot, even if you think otherwise . . .  

My mother swears that the only time she got the flu followed the only time she got the flu shot. While that may be true, it’s not the vaccination’s fault. Scientists have to estimate which strain of flu will be the most dominant each season. Sometimes, they’re wrong, or you get an alternate strain. It’s going to happen, but having a flu vaccine will lessen the possibility, particularly if you are more susceptible than others, which raises the question: Who’s more susceptible? The answer is, actually, fairly cut and dry. People who are over 55 or under five , who live in nursing homes or long care assisted-living facilities, who have chronic conditions  or who have  daily contact with any of the previous individuals are far more likely to get the flu than anyone else. If you don’t fall into any of those categories, the flu shot is optional. You don’t have to get it, but think about how smug you’ll be if you get through flu season without the flu.

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One Response to “Flu Season Is around the Corner; Plan Ahead”

  1. Leonidas says:

    I will avoid making the drug manufacturers’ pockets any fatter. Nature’s Way Systemwell has been working for me for a year so far. Plus, everyone knows the government and corporations uses flu vaccines for mind control and marketing. 😉

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