SHOULD I GET A FLU VACCINE?
Remember it is not exposure to the flu that gets you sick, it is the opportunity in your body. To help avoid getting the flu you can:
- Stay hydrated! Never heard me say this before!?! Water explodes viruses. In fact, water and heat are the only two ways to naturally kill a virus. That?s why you get a fever when you are sick. Drink lots of water, stay healthier!
- Stay away from sick people. If you know someone is sick with the flu encourage them to stay home, rest, and drink fluids.
- Wash your hands with soap and warm water for 60 seconds frequently during the day. This is the best way to help you minimize your germ exposure all around.
- Increase your immunity by taking your vitamins, staying well rested, and managing stress to low levels.
Other points to remember? every time we get sick we actually naturally strengthen our immune system to help prevent getting sick again in the future. Flu can commonly mean ?influzena? and also ?anything that looks like a flu,? which may not be influenza. Flu vaccine only helps prevent particular strains of influenza. It does not protect against flu-like sickness or other strains of influenza.
The people who are most at risk of developing the flu are:
- People that are 65 or older
- Children between 6 months old and 2 years old
- Health care workers
- People with chronic medical conditions, like arthritis, cancer, diabetes, dialysis patients, respiratory diseases, heart disease, AIDS, and high blood pressure.
- People who live with others who are at risk for flu-related complications.
Always feel free to ask Dr. Kuty any of your health questions.