Flu season is upon us and many are still struggling with what to believe in the media about the Seasonal Flu and the H1N1 virus. The CDC is reporting an increase in reported cases but this may be skewed due to more people reporting their illness for fear they have H1N1 instead of just staying home and fighting the virus the old fashioned way: rest, lots of fluids, and good ole “chicken noodle soup”. The CDC reported recently that the severity of the H1N1 compared to the seasonal flu is actually less.

My continued recommendations are to be prudent. If you fall into one of the following groups:

  • Pregnant women,
  • People who live with or care for children younger than 6 months of age, healthcare and emergency medical services personnel,
  • Persons between the ages of 6 months and 24 years old,
  • People ages of 25 through 64 years of age who are at higher risk for 2009 H1N1 because of chronic health disorders or compromised immune systems, or those who have medical conditions that put them at higher risk for influenza related complications.

you should consider the benefits of the vaccine. You can find factual information at NVIC.ORG (National Vaccine Information Center) to determine if the benefits outweigh the potential consequences. If you decide to forgo the vaccine, practice good personal hygiene and please be sure you are supplementing with quality whole food concentrates to boost your immune system and support the body’s own disease fighting mechanisms (See previous post for more information). For recommendations about the specific whole-food supplements for boosting the immune system, call our office at 903-531-2243 and we will be glad to discuss your needs.

An Interesting Thought: It was reported that President Obama is waffling on whether or not to vaccinate his daughters. (Story)