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To Take or Not to Take the Flu Vaccine?
09/27/2022

Let this help you make an informed decision.

 

There are people who think getting the flu just means you have a runny nose. But the flu, or influenza, comes with more severe symptoms, like high fever, chills, sore throat, cough, and fatigue.

Other people can also get life-threatening complications. Because of their weakened immunities, they can end up experiencing pneumonia, bronchitis, and other infections.

The flu vaccine is an option for people who don’t want to get sick with influenza and who want extra protection against related infections. It lets our bodies produce antibodies that will protect against the flu. It’s something people can take every year to stay protected, since there are many strains of the flu virus, and these strains constantly mutate.

It’s worth noting that the flu vaccine isn’t for everyone. According to Healthline, infants and people who’ve had a severe reaction to the flu vaccine are not eligible for the shot.

If you’re wondering if you should be vaccinated against influenza, the choice is yours. You’ll need to consider your medical history, your exposure to other people, and your immune system. Regarding this and other health matters, you can easily consult a doctor via video call.

If you’re not eligible or are not keen to take the flu vaccine, there are still other ways to reduce your risk of catching the flu.

Good hygiene

Disinfect and sanitize your hands and the surfaces you’re in physical contact with. While you’re at it, avoid touching your face too, since viruses and bacteria enter our bodies through our eyes, nose, and mouth.

Balanced diet

Nutrition can’t be emphasized enough when it comes to building or maintaining a well-working immune system. The food we eat is our main source of vitamins and minerals, so we need to be mindful of what we consume to stay healthy. Fruits and vegetables are rich in nutrients and antioxidants, so make sure to eat more of those, and to eat more varieties too.

Exercise

Studies have found that people who do moderate exercise regularly have better chances of avoiding the flu or lowering their risk of infection-related complications and mortality. Examples of moderate exercise include brisk walking and light cycling. The CDC also recommends pairing moderate exercise with muscle-strengthening activities twice a week.

Sleep

Lack of sleep worsens your immune response, while sufficient sleep (seven to eight hours per night) keeps your immune system in good shape. Studies over the years have shown us that getting enough sleep makes us less likely to get sick, and in the rare chance that we do, we also recover quickly.

SOURCE: Summit Media

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