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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Stay Healthy During the Flu Season

Aloha Everyone,

Have you gotten your flu shot for 2013-2014 flu season?   According to the American Red Cross health news, it is not too late for you to get one as we still have at least 4 - 6 weeks of flu season.  It is recommended that adults 65 years and older should get the flu vaccine every year.  One of the reasons is as you age, your immune system weakens. 

According to the CDC website, "The timing of flu is very unpredictable and can vary from season to season. Flu activity most commonly peaks in the U.S. in January or February. However, seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and continue to occur as late as May."
The flu vaccine is usually given in the arm via a small needle.  As in any preventive measures, how effective the flu vaccine depends on the person who is being vaccinated such as their age and health and if the flu vaccine matches the flu virus it is designed to protect.

To read about the seasonal influenza (flu) go to

Foods that help you when you have the flu.

1. Popsicles - to sooth a sore, swollen and dry throat. Popsicle can also help keep you stay hydrated.

2.  Turkey sandwich - gives you lean protein for body energy

3.  Banana - especially if you have nausea, diarrhea or vomiting

4.  Meal replacement drinks for property nutrients and calories intake

5.  Vegetable juice

6.  Garlic 

7.  Ginger 

8.  Hot Tea

9.  Toast 

10.  Chicken soup

Here are some simple things doctors do to stay healthy
Wash your hands with soap and water
Use antiseptic wipes to keep things you touch
Exercise to strengthen your immune system
Change your pillow cases often
Do not share towels
Rest frequently
Get 8 - 10 hours of sleep at night

Namaste -- Cathi

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