…n -sometimes as low as 10 or 12%. The way to keep your kids and yourself from getting the flu is to eat nutritious foods, get plenty of sleep, keep the humidity in your home at a normal level with humidifiers, take lots and lots of Vitamin D and wash your hands.
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These are excellent pieces of advice, especially washing your hands and keeping yourself nutritionally healthy.
However, when it comes to the flu virus (and any other highly infectious disease), if you choose not to get a flu shot, you may want to add gowning, gloving, and wearing a mask when in public to your list.
This is because the flu virus is spread primarily through the air. People more frequently get the flu by being in the same room as a person who is contagious. Coughing, sneezing, even breathing the same air can expose you to the flu virus. No amount of spinach or Vitamin D is going to save you from breathing in the virus, or protect you once the virus is in your body.
If you’re not familiar with how this works, this article describes it well:
How Flu Spreads
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That’s why they make vaccines. It helps stop the spread of the flu and creating an epidemic. People who are medically compromised are the most vulnerable. This includes the elderly, the very young, and anyone who has a chronic disease, especially a lung-related one.
There are many misconceptions about the flu and flu shots, and those who are ill-advised can do a lot of damage by perpetuating false information about flu vaccines. A false opinion that is construed as fact can literally make a difference between life and death.
Again, here’s an article about many of the misconceptions about the flu shot:
Misconceptions about Flu Vaccines
Can a flu vaccine give you the flu? No, flu vaccines cannot cause flu illness. Flu vaccines given with a needle (i.e…
One point that you brought up is that it’s only 60% effective. Efficacy doesn’t have to be 100% to be worthwhile. Nothing in this world is 100%. Is 60% better than 0% in combatting the flu? Damn right it is.
I want to leave you with a link to a podcast by a nationally known infectious disease specialist whom I also work with, Dr. Mark Crislip. He has a podcast, and he’s quite funny, quirky, and entertaining, and notoriously calling himself “The Pus Whisperer.” Here’s his take on the flu vaccine and people who don’t “believe” in them:
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