No one knows what the flu season will be like this year?
There is no way to predict what virus will be active, when it will arrive, how long it will last, or how severe it will be. All of these things changes each year.
When will flu activity begin and when will it end?
There is a time when Flu is highest in the U.S. and that is December to February. Cases can begin to appear as early as October to as late as May. Is this exact? No, it is not it is a GUESSTIMATON.
Is there anything I can do to prepare for and prevent flu?
CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease. While there are many different flu viruses, the seasonal flu vaccine is designed to protect against (only) the MAIN flu viruses that research suggests will cause the most illness during the upcoming flu season. Three kinds of flu viruses commonly circulate among people today: Influenza A (H1N1) viruses, influenza A (H3N2) viruses, and influenza B viruses. However there are over 300 types that can exist from the combinations of the three.
All of the 2014-2015 influenza vaccine is made to protect against the following three viruses:
- an A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus
- an A/Texas/50/2012 (H3N2)-like virus
- a B/Massachusetts/2/2012-like virus.
Some of the 2014-2015 flu vaccine also protects against an additional B virus (B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus).
Vaccines that give protection against three viruses are called trivalent vaccines. Vaccines that give protection against four viruses are called quadrivalent vaccines.
So you say “I had a vaccination last, year why do I need another one?” When a new strain of human influenza virus emerges antibody protection that may have developed after infection or vaccination with an older strain doesn’t provide protection against the new strain. Therefore, the influenza vaccine is updated on a yearly basis to keep up with the changes in influenza viruses.
Can I get vaccinated and still get the flu?
Yes. It’s possible to get sick with the flu even if you have been vaccinated (although you won’t know for sure unless you get a flu test). This is possible for the following reasons:
- You may be exposed to a flu virus shortly before getting vaccinated or during the period that it takes the body to gain protection after getting vaccinated. This exposure may result in you becoming ill with flu before the vaccine begins to protect you. (About 2 weeks after vaccination, antibodies that provide protection develop in the body.)
- You may be exposed to a flu virus that is not included in the seasonal flu vaccine. There are many different flu viruses that circulate every year. The flu vaccine is made to protect against the three or four flu viruses that research suggests will be most common.
- Unfortunately, some people can become infected with a flu virus the flu vaccine is designed to protect against, despite getting vaccinated. Protection provided by flu vaccination can vary widely, based in part on health and age factors of the person getting vaccinated. In general, the flu vaccine works best among healthy younger adults and older children. Some older people and people with certain chronic illnesses may develop less immunity after vaccination. Flu vaccination is not a perfect tool, but it is the best way to protect against flu infection (per the CDC) or is it?
Is there another way, a BETTER WAY to protect yourself and your family against the Flu?
Why do some people get the flu and others DO NOT? What is the difference? According to the CDC, even their own vaccinations do not work well in certain groups of people. Let’s look at who those people are and what they may have in common. “Protection…can vary widely, based in part on health and age factors…. It is known to work on younger healthier adults and older children.” Well, that leaves quite a few folk exposed. Aren’t the elderly the largest age group in the U.S. and add that to the “younger children” down to 6 months of age and it would appear to me that the flu coverage is not that broad. What do these groups have in common? They both have the possibility of a compromised immune system. As a young child due to lack of exposure the immune system is UNDERDEVELOPED and as an older person the system is compromised possibly from age and or other illnesses
So what is the answer? Is it a vaccination? Is it a drug? Since the Flu seems to overtake it’s victims based on their own state of IMMUNE HEALTH that must be the ANSWER. The immune system is the way we fight diseases so if we build it and strengthen it we should be able to fight off or avert the flu.
What are some ways to BUILD the Immune System?
The bible says “…I am the God that healeth all of thy diseases.” Deuteronomy 15:26. It goes further to say in Jeremiah 46:11 “Go up into Gilead, and take balm, O virgin, the daughter of Egypt: in vain shalt thou use many medicines; for thou shalt not be cured.” There are several principles we can apply the first is the old adage “you are what you eat”. Therefore Nutrition is a great place to start. One way most of have some access to is the diet. We can all try to start with
making healthier food choices. According to a Dr. David L. Moore in
Pearls for Health “OCTOBER 18, 2014
FRUITS & VEGETABLES AND MORTALITY
3 John 2, “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” “The Lord intends to bring His people back to live upon simple fruits, vegetables, and grains. . . . God provided fruit in its natural state for our first parents.” (CD 81.4) Could it be that God intends for His children to enjoy better health by bringing His people back to simple fruits, vegetables and grains? To answer this question a study from the University College London used the Health Survey for England to follow the eating habits of 65,226 participants over 35 years old between 2001 and 2008. Overall, researchers discovered that 1-3 daily servings of fruit and vegetables reduced risk of death by any cause by 14%, 3-5 servings by 29%, 5-7 portions by 36% and 7+ portions by 42%. Thus it’s obvious that following God’s dietary prescription will enhance our health! So for better health, eat 7-10 servings of fruit and vegetables daily!
Some other simple things are include getting adequate rest, exercise, fresh air, sunlight water and a trusting relationship with God. All of these can help build a stronger immune system.