It’s getting to be that time of the year again. The coughs, sniffles and wheezing almost seem to be your personal soundtrack as you go about your daily activities. Everyone wants to be free from the hassle of flu season. But with our busy lives, it seems that a simple preventative flu shot gets pushed to the side. The flu, however, is patient and will wait until your immune system isn’t at 100%.
You can prevent this by being proactive and taking care of your immune system early in the season. This not only includes immunization, but also supplementing your diet with Vitamin D, Vitamin C and Zinc. These supplements can give your body the building blocks it needs to defend against infective organisms that seem to ruin several days each year.
Many individuals are concerned that they will actually get the flu from the flu shot itself. This is simply not the case. Today’s modern flu shot is an attenuated (a fancy word for killed) strain. These strains simply don’t have the capacity to replicate and cause the flu. It is my belief that this confusion comes from those unlucky individuals who became infected with the flu virus before the flu vaccine became completely effective. Some experts have surmised that it may take at least 2 weeks before the vaccine offers enhanced immunity. This bad luck of infection right after the flu shot has scared some from the flu shot for life.
We do provide the flu shot here at Dougherty’s this season and every season. I (or one of the other pharmacists) will be happy to administer your flu shot and get you ready to take on the flu season.