Flu Season Best Practices
First and foremost Flu Season is here and all across the Country people of all ages are experiencing the flu. Typically, the cold and flu season arrives in the United States around October and typically runs through the Month of May, reaching it’s peak between December and February. Some years are worse than other years, in terms of number of people affected and the severity of the illness. Flu season is a threat to human life and should be taken very seriously. People over the age of 65 accounted for approximately 58% of flu related hospitalizations. While flu associated deaths in children had reached a new record high at 185. 80% Of the children who die from flu related symptoms were not vaccinated for the flu during the calendar year.
What are the symptoms of flu?
– Flu viruses can cause mild to severe illness
– Flu viruses can lead to death
– Flu Is Different from a cold
– Fever or chills
– Sore throat
– Runny or stuffy nose
– Muscle or body aches
– Fatigue (tiredness)
– Vomiting and diarrhea
Preventing The Flu
How can I prevent catching the flu? There is no way to guarantee that you will not get the flu, but a flu shot will give you a good chance of not catching the flu virus. For the last flu season, the Center for Disease Control estimated the overall effectiveness of the 2017-2018 flu vaccine against both influenza A and B viruses was 40%.
If I am healthy enough to go and get a flu shot, as many of us are, I think 40% effectiveness is worth it to me.
Chiropractic Care Improves The Immune System
The immune system protects us from harmful substances that may harm our bodies. Chiropractors use expert training to correct any vertebral subluxations with non invasive spinal adjustments. With a strong nerve flow patients are better equipped to fight any potential flu or cold. Using Chiropractic treatment to strengthen the body inside and out to fight flu and cold is a great way to stay healthy and make sure your body is prepared.
Chiropractic Care Tips For Flu Season:
– Eating nourishing food
– Sleep is important
– Water drink plenty
– Exercising Regularly
– Routine Chiropractic Treatments
Do Flu Shots Really Work?
There are a lot of people that believe that a flu shot will get make you sick. The flu shot is not made up of a real virus. For people that think you can get the flu from a flu shot, well that is not true. If somehow you get sick right after getting a flu vaccine, it was just very bad timing. Flu shots do really work, however they do not work for all strains of the virus. This is why some people that do get the flu shot still end up getting sick. The good thing is that each year, the flu vaccine does protect you and your family against three or four different flu viruses.
Catching The Flu or Cold
Remember we are exposed to different viruses and bacteria every day. At any time these could cause you to get sick. The body’s defense system when healthy, fights off and protects when it is healthy. We get sick when our body’s immune system is weak or our system is weakened by a medical condition. A properly functioning body is a healthy body and ready to defend the cold and flu. Making routine visits to your Chiropractor will ensure that the nerve pathways between your organs and your brain open and healthy by keeping your spine in alignment and the nerves free from impingement.
Is the Flu Shot For Me
Now that you are armed with more information about flu shots and the flu itself, you can decide whether or not it is right for you. Prevention of the flu can come with Chiropractic treatment for the immune system, flu shots or a combination of both. Flu season is here and it takes lives. Making sure your family is prepared and healthy is what matters most. Bond Thomas Chiropractic is here to help you prepare your body and immune system for optimal health. The best thing to do is to educate yourself on the flu and take action. Fight the flu with a healthy you!