If you’re one of the millions that get a flu shot every year, well if you haven’t done so yet, this is just a friendly reminder; to get your flu shot! 🙂
Ever since I was put on Enbrel, and now Humira I get a flu shot, every year. And every five years I get a pneumonia shot. My meds, I take lower my immune system. Which is 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 baby boomers that have chronic illnesses, coming down with the flu, may lead to hospital stays, that can sometimes be fatal. The flu can take a healthy boomer, making them very sick, and even when they feel better, –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, and lung problems. Did you know that 80% of deaths caused by influenza are baby boomers and seniors?? That number is pretty scary.
We All Know the Symptoms
The symptoms pretty much are the same for 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: Drink plenty of water too!!
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 my favorite season. I prefer Spring and Summer; bones don’t hurt near as much!!
Now, get your flu shot. And pneumonia shot if you’re due! You can go to your doctor’s office, or CVS, Walgreens, etc.