Prevention and protection against flu - to vaccinate or not
Every autumn, many people ask themselves the question: should I have the flu vaccination or not? We are officially offered an almost 100% protection against flu and a 50% reduction in the flu-related death rate. Instintively though, many people realise that something isn't quite right. And, indeed, a study in 2006 of 260 000 children under the age of 2 years old, showed that the vaccination didn't have a much better rate of success than a placebo.
The results with vaccinations and the elderly were hardly more successful as shown by a study from 2010.
The benefits of a flu vaccination are therefore far less than we are led to believe. Worse still, many of those who do choose to be vaccinated complain of feeling unwell for weeks afterwards. Those who have been vaccinated are also more at risk of contracting bird flu and swine flu.
Children also become more susceptible to infections from subtype viruses as their immune systems are weakened by the vaccine.
Did you know that with each vaccination you are injected with mercury or aluminium because there are no other carrier substances available?
What other protection is there against flu?
So if the flu vaccination is questionable, what other means do we have of protecting ourselves against flu since none of us wants to be ill. A real flu is caused by the influenza virus A or B. Usually, we are suffering from cold, which, although unpleasant, is far more harmless than actual flu. This is caused by a droplet infection which is caused mainly by couging and sneezing. The incubation period, or the time between infection and onset of the illness, is between one and five days.
In order to remain healthy during winter, I recommend the following measures which are mainly aimed at building up a healthy immune system:
- fresh air and exercise even in cold weather
- a healthy diet with lots of fresh vegetables, fruit and salad
- extra natural vitamin C (from oranges, mandarins, kiwi fruit and grapefruit)
- additional vitamin D3 capsules from a pharmacy, 1500 units per day for adults and 500 to 1000 units per day for children from November until the end of March
- sufficient omega 3 fatty acids, obtained either through the consumption of fish twice a week or 1 tablespoon of linseed oil (the best linseed oil is available through www.vitapower.ch)
- 2-3 Aronia Vida capsules per day contain plenty anti-inflammatory polyphenols (www.kingnature.ch)
- 2-3 Moringa Vida capsules per day as an additional natural vitamin (www.kingnature.ch)
With these measures, I have managed to remain flu-free for the last 20 years. I wish you much health and happiness even in the cold and snow!