The Flu - To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate?

Naturopathy can help a healthy immune systemThis time of the year, we start to get clients asking if we think they should have a flu shot.  Some people definitely should have a flu vaccine, but the majority of people may be better off without them.

The guidelines from the Federal government[1] are that those who should have a flu shot are people over 65, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders over 15, pregnant women, and those with medical conditions predisposing to severe influenza, such as heart disease, lung disease, immune disorders such as HIV, etc.  Certainly, if catching a cold or the flu could put your life at risk, then you must have one!

But if you are a generally healthy person, without any serious health condition, a flu vaccine may make your health worse instead of better.

So please give some thought to whether you need to have a flu shot this year, or if you are better off without it. Consider boosting your immune system instead, such as by taking plenty of vitamin C and zinc, sunshine, having plenty of rest, and reducing your stress levels.

If you have a health issue, we recommend booking in for a free Comprehensive Assessment at our clinic. We can then look at what is going on in your body, what is causing the problem, and the best way to sort it out. (Terms and Conditions- the Assessment is a completely free service, with no obligations whatsoever.)


[1] http://www.immunise.health.gov.au/internet/immunise/publishing.nsf/Content/immunise-influenza#infants
[2] http://www.medicalsearch.com.au/Swine-flu-not-behaving-like-a-deadly-pandemic-expert/n/39049
[3] http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/10/15/people-who-get-a-seasonal-flu-shot-are-twice-as-likely-to-catch-swine-flu.aspx

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