This is one of the most frequent questions I have been getting lately. It's so easy to get a flu vaccine nowadays, and then have a sense of invincibility when flu season kicks up into high gear. I however am writing this to give you pause about what seems to be a no-brainer decision to get yourself and your kids vaccinated this year. Obviously if you have an egg allergy the decision is made for you because the vaccine's contents have been grown on an egg culture and are a no-no for those of you who have allergies. But what about the rest of us? Isn't it better to just get the shot and be protected?
Well, first, the shot does not guarantee your immunity. It may take down the severity of the flu but will unlikely give you a free pass for the season. Also, with a good immune system (and we're all about prevention here), your susceptibility to the flu and colds too for that matter are greatly reduced. Last year around this time we discussed some long term concerns about flu vaccinations and the introduction of new flu strains into the world. Those who have had long term and consistent flu shots tend to fare very poorly with a new flu species is introduced into the population because there is very little cross-immunity that has developed in your immune system. For those of you who are interested in more of the details, check out my article on the Dark Side of the Flu Vaccine. The flu vaccine, unfortunately still contains some dreaded things like Thimerosol, made with mercury as a preservative.
So what are the alternatives to the flu vaccine? Well for those of you who are fortunate enough to be reading this, there is actually a lot you can do to strengthen your immune system for the year. One main thing that is helpful is to come in and get the acupressure NAET treatment to strengthen your immunity to the 2010 flu itself. As many of you have experienced, NAET is a painless and simple acupressure technique to desensitize you to food allergies and environmental allergies. So too, can this technique prevent the dreaded influenza and H1N1 strains of the flu. We instituted these treatments last year during the H1N1 swine flu pandemic and are making these treatments available to adults and children alike this year. For more information, check our last years post on the subject. Incidentally, no one who was treated last year with NAET for flu prevention got the flu. Pretty cool, huh?
Finally, there is the ever important Cold/Flu protocol list. We've had this on our website for almost 2 years now and it works like a charm. Keep these supplements on hand at home and use as directed if and when you have caught a cold or the flu. It shortens duration and severity of the flu. Of course, following the practical aspects of personal hygeine always helps you stay healthy as we round the corner toward the holidays. Good luck during the season and I hope to see all of you in for your NAET flu treatments.