Confused about the flu hype? Boost your immunity!

Did you get it yet? You’ll probably be hearing a lot of people talking about the flu vaccine, if you haven’t heard it already. This year with all of the talk of the H1N1 flu and the annual push for vaccination for the seasonal flu, the marketing blitz is on. These are two different issues and we’ll separate them out. There are plenty of things you can do to increase your immune system’s effectiveness. And if you do happen to build your immune system (by getting the flu) there are ways we can help get you through the illness. Continue reading “Confused about the flu hype? Boost your immunity!”

Preventing the Flu Without a Vaccination

Flu season is quickly approaching, and the shortage of flu vaccines has many people panicked. The CDC is recommending that vaccines be preferentially given to those at greatest risk: the elderly, children, and those with serious illnesses.

However, in the panic about getting a vaccination, a simple truth is easily forgotten: prevention is the best medicine. Vaccinations are certainly not the only way to keep from catching the flu this season. Furthermore, a vaccination is no guarantee against getting the flu. Last flu season, a large percentage of those who got the flu had been vaccinated.

Influenza affects millions of individuals each flu season. It was the 6th leading cause of death in the United States in 2001, resulting in over 60,000 deaths that year. It is caused by a virus, and like every other viral illness, influenza is less likely to cause illness in an individual whose immune system function and overall vitality are optimal. Continue reading “Preventing the Flu Without a Vaccination”