BillMarti wrote:I hate to be a bearer of bad news but the flu shot isn't effect on this particular strain of flu.
As I understand it, the World Health Organization (and CDC in the US) makes an educated guess at which strains of the virus should go into the flu shot...there is a "mix" specific to the Northern Hemisphere
Sometimes they guess the right strains, sometimes they don't...but the argument is that even if the vaccine doesn't contain the same exact virus that you are later exposed to, you will still have more/better antibodies to fight it off. I really don't know if that is true or not...but my own experience with the flu vaccine has not been positive. Last fall my wife and I both got a flu shot because it was strongly encouraged due to our son being in daycare. A few days after getting the shot, both of us came down with a cold that lasted almost a month. We finally got straightened out around Xmas, then our son caught a cold and we both got it shortly after....runny noses for another month. We were buying tissues at Sam's Club! It was a miserable experience, and this year I said NO to the vaccine. Perhaps it is just a coincidence, but our entire family has been healthy so far. I work with several people that have gotten the flu, and other kids at daycare have been sick...but so far we have been ok.
Regardless of your position on the flu vaccine, I think there is a lot to be said for proper diet (lots of green), plenty of rest, and some sun.