It is important that you and your family be prepared for the Cold and Flu Season. In preparing for this Flu Season a 2010 flu vaccine has been developed and will become available to the general public starting October. This vaccination has raised many questions and concerns amongst the general public. In a recent survey conducted by Strategic Counsel for The Globe and Mail and CTV approximately 53% of Ontarians say that they will not get the Flu Vaccine.
Clearly, the public is divided in its opinion about the flu vaccine available from Health Canada. As a naturopathic doctor, and prevention care specialist, naturopathic medicine offers many preventative measures for strengthening the immune system. I strongly believe that if you chose either option regarding vaccination, alternative preventative measures should be taken.
• Drink plenty of water and keep hydrated
• Take your multi-vitamin
• Gargle nightly with salt water
• Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds
• Exercise Regularly
• Take Vitamin D, Vitamin C, Fish Oil, a probiotic, and zinc
• Get plenty of sleep every night
• Use Echinacea, as needed.
I have outlined some preventative measures and a easy action plan. It is important that if you do need more guidance that you consult with a Naturopathic Doctor. Have a healthy Cold and Flu season.
Dr Elias Markou, ND