Flu season is here and now. If you haven’t taken any preventative measures yet, you still have time to avoid getting sick. Whether you follow Western or Eastern medical approaches, or a combo of the two, the consensus on keeping the germs away is to keep your hands to yourself.
Can you still get a flu vaccine even though the flu is going around?
The answer is yes; it is still reasonable to receive a flu vaccine.
Jonathan Cole, M.D., and Medical Director at California Health and Longevity Institute, Inc. says “immunity is something that builds gradually so it may not offer as much protection as patients who have received it (the vaccine) in October or November, but it will still confer some protection in the coming weeks.” Also there will be some cross-immunity to other strains of the virus.
Healthy living during the flu season.
First and foremost, avoid people who are sick. Don’t worry about flaking on a lunch or coffee date, better to be safe than sorry.
Dr. Cole also recommends Tamiflu, which is a medication that can kill the flu, It can also prevent the onset if you are living with someone who has the flu. It is very effective at treatment and prevention.
Traditional medicine suggests good diet, exercise and rest to boost your immunity and maintain wellness.
Wash your hands with hot water. This is Cindy Rosenberg, L.Ac licensed practioner in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) number one tip. Rosenberg has an office in Los Angeles where she practices TCM, a complete system of healing (for more than 4000 years) and includes acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition, massage and breathing exercises or Qi Gong.
“Viruses get transmitted when a droplet from a sneeze or cough travels out of one person and into the eyes or nose of another, usually. Sharing food isn’t such an issue, but shaking hands and then rubbing your eyes can be problematic.”
Boost your immunity. An herbalist may prescribe Astragalus or Echinacea. It is best to use herbs under a qualified medical herbalist’s care.
While there is no data on the usefulness of supplements such as Airborne, they may help and likely they cannot hurt you.
Tag..the flu got you.
No one wants to be that person who everyone is blaming for getting sick. If you are sick, stay home and rest. You avoid contaminating others and you will shorten the duration of the infection.
Don’t exercise when you are fighting a virus – your body needs the energy for your immune system…and, who in the gym really wants your germs anyway?
Rosenberg also suggests good old fashioned homemade chicken soup – add some ginger and pepper to give it some punch. “In Chinese medicine, we say that you can force a pathogen up and out through the pores with herbs that promote sweating.”
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Where you can still get a flu shot?
Call your MD.
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