If you’re one of the millions that get a flu shot every year, well if you haven’t done it yet, this is just a friendly reminder; get your flu shot! 🙂
Ever since I was put on Enbrel, now Humira I get my flu shot, every year. And every 5 years my pneumonia shot. My meds I take lower my immune system. Thus, why I always get a flu shot. I”ve even set a reminder on my smartphone, to remind me on October first, to get a flu shot. LOL, It works, been doing it for about 14 years.
Dangers of the Flu
Those of us, 50 and beyond, that have chronic illnesses, getting the flu, may lead to hospital stays, that can sometimes be fatal. The flu can take a healthy senior, making them very sick, and when they feel better, recovered–they never quite seem to get back to ‘normal’. Easy remedy? Get your flu shot!
By getting yourself immunized, you prevent inflammation, which can prevent possible strokes, even heart attacks. Did you that 80% of deaths caused by influenza are seniors?? That number is pretty scary.
We All Know the Symptoms
Seniors pretty much have the same symptoms as anyone that gets the flu.
- aches and pains
- a runny nose
- stuffy nose
- Sometimes seniors can also have these symptoms:
The flu can lead to pneumonia. It may make your chronic conditions worse.
Immune Boosting Super Foods
Besides getting the flu shot, there are many types of foods, good for boosting your immune system.
- anise tea
- dark chocolate
- extra virgin olive oil
- ginger tea
- ginseng tea
- greek yogurt
- green tea
- honey (raw)
- red peppers
- salmon (not farm raised, wild)
- sunflower seeds
- whole grain bread
- NOTE: Be sure to drink plenty of water!!!!
Good Habits To Get Into
Of course, washing your hands, any time of year is always a good habit.
Avoid any friends and/or family that are sick.
if you’re not sick, don’t go to the doctors’ office, even if you’re accompanying someone.
Ask my husband, when the kids were little, I’d use those sanitizing wipes and go through the entire house and wipe down doorknobs, faucets, handrails, fridge handle, washer lid, dryer door, all remotes, and back in the prehistoric day, telephones. I get made fun often sometimes but remember I don’t have much of an immune system, and I don’t want to wind up in the hospital again.
- eat healthily
- don’t share towels, washcloths, drinks, utensils.
- keeping your home clean, helps too.
- avoid touching your eyes, nose & mouth–especially when you’re out an about
- getting good sleep
Have a Healthy Winter
Enjoy your winter. I tend to hibernate, lol. Not really my favorite season. I prefer Spring and Summer, bones don’t hurt near as much!!
Now, go get your flu shot. And pneumonia shot if you’re due! You can go to your doctor’s office, or CVS, Walgreens, etc.