On average an adult comes down with 2 or 3 colds each year and not recieving the annual flu vaccine puts you at risk for the flu as well. Here are a few tips to keep the colds away this winter.
1. Eat yogurt for breakfast to assist your digestive tract with probiotics
2. Open a window when someone at home is sick to circulate the air and get the germs out
3. Eat mushrooms to increase T cells and decrease inflammation
4. Not stand or sit by someone sneezing and coughing
5. Don’t touch your face
6. Sleep 7 hours a night
7. Use a Neti Pot to flush germ particles out of your sinuses
8. If you start feeling a cold coming take a Zinc lozenge
11. Tapping on your breast bone around the 3rd rib will release T cells to sttack germs in your bloodstream
12. Drink lots of fluids
13. If you think it is the flu get a prescription for Tamiflu as soon as possible
14. Eat Elderberry extract
15. Take probiotic supplements to recover faster and have less symptoms
16. Use a humidifier
17. Eat spicy food to clear your sinuses
18. Inhale essential oils
19. Don’t go to the gym when you are sick, if you want to workout go on a walk
20. Gargle salt water to kill bacteria in yout throat
21. Eat warm chicken soup to help your throat and white blood cells
22. Eat honey because it has antimicrobial elements and soothes sore throats
23. Eat a popscicle for a sore throat
24. Sit up as much as possible. Lying down collects mucus in your sinuses and chest and can lead to a secondary infection
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Because children under 6 months are too young to be immunized, expecting mothers should be vaccinated against illness like Pertussis and the Measles to protect their children until they are old enough to recieve vaccines. When a mother is given vaccines before or during pregnancy the antibodies carry over the the babies immune system and give them some protection. However many women go through preganacy unimmunized and leave their children and themselves suseptible to preventable illnesses. If a mother contracts an illness with a high fever during pregnancy it can lead to premature birth, birth defects, and miscarriages.
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With children returing to germ filled classrooms at the end of summer it is very important for your child to be up-to-date on vaccinations. Recently there have been large outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases that were thought to be under control. In December 2014 170 people contracted Measles, the majority of them were unvaccinated. Last year 28,000 cases of Pertussis (Whooping Cough) were reported. Pertussis is highly contagious severe cough and occurs mostly in school age children where it can spread quickly in a classroom setting.
Along with these school vaccinations, your child should recieve a yearly Flu vaccine. Care-takers and parents in contact with children under 6 months are also highly encouraged to be up-to-date on vaccinations to protect children that are too young to be vaccinated.
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