You Have the Flu, Now What Do You Do?

Each year cold and flu season comes around, we all hear about getting our flu shot. But is getting the flu shot alone enough to avoid the dreaded flu?

Many people feel that if they get the flu shot, they’re done their part in protecting them against the cold and flu season. This is simply not true. The flu shot has an effective rate of about 50%, so this means that 50% of the time it will help protect you against influenza. But, unfortunately, there are studies that show it actually makes you more likely to get sick from non-influenza infections. So relying on the flu shot alone is not a good idea.

What’s the first thing you do when you notice a slight fever in yourself or a loved one? Most of us go running for the Motrin or Tylenol, right? But did you know that lowering fevers with Tylenol or Motrin can prolong your illness? Fever is the body’s response to killing infections. Lowering a fever means bacteria and viruses can reproduce in your body faster than they normally would.

If you have a infection what is the ideal body temperature to fight infection? Let’s break it down by age:

  • Infants less than 1-month-old – Seek care right away for fever greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit in this age group. While waiting for care, breastfeed as often as the baby desires. Your breast milk will also create antibodies against pathogens in your baby’s mouth. If an infant has a fever, other than seeking medical care, breastfeeding is your best defense against infection.
  • Infants from 1-month to 3-months-old – Seek care when they present with a temperature greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit if they appear ill. Again, breastfeed on demand while waiting for care.
  • Children between 3 months and 36 months – Seek care when they present with a temperature above 102.2 degrees Fahrenheit if they appear ill.
  • All age groups – Seek care when the patient has a temperature over 104.5 degrees Fahrenheit.

 

Chiropractic can help to boost your immune system. In an initial three-year study of 107 individuals who had been under chiropractic care for five years or more, the chiropractic patients were found to have a 200% greater immune competence than people who had not received chiropractic care and 400% greater immune competence than people with cancer and other serious diseases.

Some simple things you can do to avoid the flu are:

  • Avoid contact with germs and bacteria. Wash your hands regularly. 
  • Sleep more and longer.
  • Avoid sugar, bread, and dairy.
  • Remember to take vitamins, especially during the winter/cold and flu seaso. Vitamin D is the most important (read more), but also vitamin C, zinc, and tumeric. 
  • Consider getting an air purifier for your home or bedroom.

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